Prior to his victory over Danny Jacobs in March, Gennady Golovkin’s fearsome reputation was at an all-time high as Canelo Alvarez bided his time before eventually agreeing to a high-profile meeting.
Golovkin had ram-rodded through every opponent he’d faced for almost a decade until American warrior Jacobs proved the Kazakhstan puncher is human and can potentially be defeated with similar tactics.
Some believe ‘GGG’ may have taken his foot off the gas against Jacobs in a bid to land the Canelo fight, and if you look at all the betting sites, Golovkin is only a slight favourite to win – not his usually unbackable price.
Canelo chose to stave off a tasty check for the Golovkin blockbuster to shrewdly pick up another world title against Liam Smith before signing on for what most saw as a one-way fight against Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
And so it proved as Canelo won every round of the twelve at the T-Mobile Arena, although did show signs of struggling to drop someone who is naturally the bigger fighter. The only previous evidence to this subject was when Canelo fought Miguel Cotto – a fight that ended in the same vein as Chavez Jr.
As questions are asked about Canelo’s potential force at the higher limit of 160 pounds, similar murmurs can be targeted at Golovkin’s age, and whether the world number one is heading past his prime at 35.
Prior to Jacobs, his previous two bouts don’t give too much away as Dominic Wade was completely outclassed and welterweight Kell Brook had to move up thirteen pounds in order to meet the divisional requirements.
Both were taken care of without too much fuss by Golovkin who continues his stranglehold on the division’s gold as a four-belt champion.
With the opportunity to win a fourth world crown in his second fight a 160 pounds, Canelo can finally present himself as the pound for pound king for the first time in his career should he be able to put the first blot on Golovkin’s record.
The Golden Boy-K2 promoted event is the current poster-fight for the whole of boxing as fans keep their fingers crossed that the highly-anticipated contest can live up to the hype.
Memories are still fresh from the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao debacle in May 2015 when the princely sum of $99.95 was handed over by PPV viewers in exchange for a less-than-satisfying dust-up between the then two best fighters on the planet.