Betting websites see end of Canelo’s rendezvous problem
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez finally uttered the words that betting websites have been dying to hear for the longest time. Or more accurately, Oscar de la Hoya said them through Canelo, who in turn said them through a translator. “Golovkin, you are next, my friend,” the ginger boxer quipped after defeating Julio César Chávez Jr. by unanimous decision on Saturday, May 6th. “I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 15 fighting as a professional.” Well, he sure wasn’t afraid of vacating the WBC title rather than face the undefeated Kazakhstani in early 2016. By now we know, however, that making a marquee boxing match happen is an ordeal of Kafkian proportions.
GGG vs Canelo
The superfight for the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles is not scheduled to take place at location to be determined until Sep 16th, but what’s a few more months among friends? Talk of an Alvarez-Golovkin match has been around since early 2015, and it’s safe to say that the intervening two years-plus have not passed the same for the spry 26 year old Mexican as for Triple G – who at 35 years of age is at around the Rocky IV stage of his career. Perhaps nothing illustrates it better than the wagering lines. Back in February 2015 GGG was a huge -350 favourite. While Alvarez remains the underdog as we speak, betting websites list Golovkin as only a -185 favourite.
And the fact is that GGG may be ripe for the first loss of his career. In his most recent bout on March 18th, a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs, the latter became the first boxer in 37 professional fights to last all 12 rounds with Golovkin (and broke Gennady’s streak of 23 straight Kos in the process). That is to say, Jacobs did not beat him but he may have done the next best thing – prove that Triple G is can be beaten, and that may be all that matters for Canelo at this point. It is also worth mentioning that Alvarez’s last outing as an underdog coincided with his first professional loss, a majority decision defeat to one Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
If one were to ask around, the word is that boxing is in the middle of a sort of Renaissance thanks to the likes of Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev, and of course, Canelo, GGG. However, where there are giants there are Lilliputians, and the antics of Mayweather and Conor McGregor do the sports no favor. Or the Alvarez-Chavez fight, which Forbes contributor Brian Mazique called “a slap in the face to every fan who paid their hard-earned money to watch [Chavez] on that night.” Hence, not only betting websites but boxing fans the world over are ecstatic that de la Hoya finally decided to pull the trigger on Canelo versus GGG. It really takes something special to paint Golden Boy in a positive light, but there you have it. Patience is still a virtue in this day and age.