Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin: The importance of unification boutsWritten by DeMarkus Jones
Just the word sends shivers down the spines of true hardcore boxing followers.
Having one true recognized champion of a weight class. One person you can point to and say they are the best in their weight class.
A true "champion" is not just a title holder.
It is one of the reasons the Super Six from a few years back was so well received.
From Leonard vs Hearns to more recent examples such as Crawford vs Indongo, the history of boxing has numerous examples of Champions willing to test themselves against the best competition there is to offer.
While not always the most exciting or scintillating fights, none can argue the historical significance of these title fights.
Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez are the latest in a long line of boxers looking to establish that they are the "man" in their weight class. This is a fight that everyone has been clamoring for for almost three years now. It is destined to be a great fight giving the styles and attitudes of the two pugilists involved. And to add to that, the winner has the distinction of saying he is the best middleweight in the world today.
While some may argue that this fight should have already happened, I believe this fight is happening at the right time. Neither Canelo nor Golovkin have been as popular as they are right now. The interest and demand for this fight is higher than it ever has been.
Interest in boxing is on a major upswing. Now is the perfect time to have the biggest fight of the year and when all is said and done we will have a true middleweight champion.
It is my hope that more boxers take the example of Terence Crawford, Julius indongo, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin and look to unify their division instead of just chasing money fights.
Prove to the world that you are the best.
Here are some examples of unification fights from the past and future unification fights we fans would love to see.
Future Unification fights
Adonis Stevenson vs Andre Ward - light heavyweight
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder - heavyweight.
Keith Thurman vs Errol Spence Jr.- welterweight
Unfication Fights from the past
Bernard Hopkins vs Felix Trinidad - 2001 middleweight
Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier - 1971 heavyweight
Winky Wright vs Shane Mosley - 2004 light middleweight
Be sure to share some of your favorites unification fights and fight you would like to see in the future.
My name is DeMarkus Jones and I am an amatuer boxer, trained in MuayThai and a 3rd degree black belt in Karate. I am a combat sports enthusiast and historian residing in Houston, Texas. If I'm not watching boxing or reading about boxing, I am probably in the gym myself.