Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin look set for a sensational money-spinning rematch on May 5, although contracts have yet to be signed.
After protracted negations, the duo finally shared the ring on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas and the bout certainly lived up to the hype, with a controversial split draw the outcome.
While most pundits felt it was a just result, judge Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Alvarez was widely ridiculed, with many feeling that Golovkin had actually shaded the contest.
But that is now all part of history and the boxing world will wait with baited breath to see the pair get it on again.
The first fight was deemed a ‘classic’ in some quarters but there is a sense that there is more to come from both men and the second instalment could be even better.
It was a cagey start to last year’s T-Mobile Arena showpiece before Canelo upped his work rate in the middle rounds.
However despite being the younger of the two by eight years, the Mexican started to tire after about a minute of each round, with Golovkin then establishing himself as the dominant man in the ring.
Canelo was never able to make good on his pre-fight boast that he would knock out the Kazakhstani legend and stamina problems are clearly an issue for the flame-haired star.
There is bound to be plenty of hype before the rematch but will the fight differ that much from the previous scrap?
Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, has stated that he would like to see Alvarez be more aggressive next time and throw more punches, but it is open to debate whether he will as that will mean burning off more energy and could leave him open to GGG’s famous jab.
That was his weapon of choice in Vegas but, with his opponent seemingly trying to dodge shots rather than throw them as fatigue set in, Golovkin was missing with as many as he landed.
They did stand toe-to-toe later in the bout but, once again, it is questionable how many punches actually found their intended target.
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Although the outcome of the first fight was maybe not what anyone wanted, it has whetted the appetite for another one.
Canelo fought an uncharacteristic fight, with hit and run tactics and it may be that he goes for the KO later in the year, especially with stamina issues hanging over him.
Golovkin will look to be more accurate, especially with his body shots after landing 31% to his opponent’s 34%, but it is tough to find the target with a boxer as nimble as Alvarez.
The 35-year-old has “many things to work on” ahead of any possible rematch, according to Sanchez, but it is tough to plan your strategy against someone like Canelo who has already shown an ability to alter his style depending on who is in the opposite corner.
Classic or not first time around, the two middleweight greats will put their respective unbeaten records on the line once again and the hope is that the fight will live up to all the publicity that will soon kick in.