Show of hands, who watched the self-branded “fight of the century” between UFC champ Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather? Ya, me too. Admittedly I couldn’t wait for the fight; the hype that was built up by the press tours and the trash talk and the “what if” factor if Conor McGregor pulled off the upset had me hooked. I’m sure those who watched would agree with me that the fight actually somewhat lived up to its herculean-esqe hype. Conor held his own through 9 rounds but eventually became the jewel on top of Floyd’s record-breaking 50-0 crown 1:05 into the 10th. The whole event, from the start of the press conferences to the TKO, was legendary and will go down as one of the most extravagant sports spectacles of all time. This may have been a once in a lifetime fight but it by no means in the world of boxing should it be considered the fight of the century.
In the boxing community, the most highly anticipated fight of the year is happening on September 16th, 2017…so tonight with preliminary fights happening at 7:30 pm EDT. It hasn’t garnered nearly the hype that Mayweather and McGregor did, however, it’s sure to be one of the most exciting fights in recent boxing history. The fighters taking centre stage in this highly anticipated bout are Gennady Golovikin and Saul Alvarez.
Golovikin, or “GGG” as he’s referred to in the world of boxing, is coming into the fight with an unbeaten record of 37 wins, 33 by knockout. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has a record of 49-1-1 with 34 coming by knockout. Canelo’s only loss came against Floyd Mayweather himself and because of this is the favourite to win. Canelo comes into the fight with 12 more professional fights under his belt even though he’s 8 years GGG’s junior. Many believe age is going to play a significant role in the fight since at 35 Golovikin is very much past his prime and on his way to retirement soon.
The fight will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the same venue that housed the Mayweather/McGregor fight. On the line is the World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight championship belt that Canelo voluntarily gave up to GGG back in May 2016 instead of meeting the WBC’s demands for said fight.
Both fighters are notorious for their power and but where they use that power is very different. Canelo’s use of body shots is unparalleled whereas Golovikin relies on using head shots to wear down his opponents. Both fighters promised this fight will not go the 12 round distance and it’s safe to say that by the end of the night one of the fighters will hit the canvas.