Friday, 29 January 2016 22:25

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin 2016: Why Aren't They Fighting in May?

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In boxing, there are always unnecessary complications when making big fights.

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are expected to fight one another later in the year, specifically on September 10th and most likely in the new MGM Arena in Las Vegas.

When or if the best middleweights in the world go head-to-head, it will probably be the biggest fight of the year.


The Problem: September is 8 months away and, in the meantime, both of them will take tune-up fights that might be unnecessary.

Gennady is most likely to take on Dominick Wade, who is a pretty good prospect but nowhere near ready for the talent opposition of a GGG. Also, despite being popular with hardcore boxing fans, Golovkin is still a rather unknown to the casual audience. As a result, a tune-up against an opponent like Wade doesn't really help build his brand and elevate his popularity.

Golovkin needs a big name opponent.

As for Canelo, his next fight will not only be on PPV, but it will take place on the highly-celebrated Cinco de Mayo weekend which is usually the sport's hottest date. As a result, Canelo must have have a quality opponent yet we have not heard a peep who that opponent could be.

That is not a good sign.

Odds are neither Daniel Jacobs or Peter Quillin would be considered, Billy Joe Saunders might be a tough negotiation it seems and David Lemeiux and Daniel Geale are coming off of losses.

So who exactly is Golden Boy targeting for the Canelo PPV? An exciting option would be Andy Lee, but who knows if that's realistic?

Breaking down all of this, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez have a very limited selection pool for their next bouts, neither of which really would have fans clamoring to watch, especially if there is a fee attached.

So why not just book the fight in May? What's the big need for a pair of tune-up bouts nobody wants to see?

 

Imagine if the Broncos and Panthers decided to play the Dolphins and Eagles next week and delay the Super Bowl until March. It'd make no sense

Why's everything so wacky in this sport? Can anybody come up with a logical explanation for why Golovkin and Canelo aren't fighting in May?

is 8 months away and, in the meantime, both of these guys will take tune-up fights that might be unnecessary.

Gennady is most likely to take on Dominick Wade, who is a pretty good prospect but nowhere near ready for the talent opposition of a GGG.

Also, despite being popular with hardcore boxing fans, Golovkin is still a rather unknown to the casual audience. As a result, a tune-up against an opponent like Wade doesn't really help build his brand and elevate his popularity.

Golovkin needs a big name opponent.

As for Canelo, his next fight will not only be on PPV, but it will take place on the highly celebrated Cinco de Mayo weekend which is usually the sport's hottest time. As a result, Canelo must have have a quality opponent yet we have not heard a peep who that opponent could be.

That is not a good sign.

Odds are neither Daniel Jacobs or Peter Quillin would be considered, Billy Joe Saunders might be a tough negotiation it seems and David Lemeiux and Daniel Geale are coming off of losses.

So who exactly is Golden Boy targeting for the Canelo PPV? An exciting option would be Andy Lee, but who knows if that's realistic? Breaking down all of this, both Golovkin and Canelo have a very limited selection pool for their next bouts, neither of which really would have fans clamoring to watch, especially if there is a fee attached.

 

So why not just book the fight in May? What's the big need for a pair of tune-up bouts nobody wants to see?

 

Imagine if the Broncos and Panthers decided to play the Dolphins and Eagles next week and delay the Super Bowl until March. It' would make no sense

Why is everything so wacky in this sport?

Can anybody come up with a logical explanation for why Golovkin and Canelo aren't fighting in May?

 

 

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