Canelo Alvarez: Why he needs Gennady GolovkinWritten by Joseph Herron
It seems as though someone has placed themselves into a serious quandary with the real bosses of boxing; the always critical and passionate fight fans.
After brutally knocking out Amir Khan on May 7th, current lineal and "Ring Magazine" recognized Middleweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez drew a bold, proverbial line in the sand by issuing the following statement concerning his intentions of a potential showdown with fellow 160 pound multi-titlist Gennady Golovkin:
"Like we say in Mexico, we don't f*** around," emphatically stated Canelo Alvarez to HBO commentator Max Kellerman. "I don't fear anyone! We don't come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport. Right now I will put on the gloves again and fight him (Golovkin)."
Although the strong statement initially appeared to be a brilliant maneuver in terms of energizing his massive Hispanic following, the resolute declaration may have consequently soured his market value, and could potentially hinder his growth as a major star in boxing.
On May 18th, Canelo shocked the boxing world by relinquishing his WBC title while supposedly negotiating a future bout with the brutal puncher from Kazakh. Despite publishing a press release which explained the decision to ditch the coveted championship distinction would ultimately help finalize a deal with Team Golovkin, most fight fans and members of the boxing media interpreted the gesture as an act of cowardice and a defeatist concession.
It is now the opinion of many within the industry that Canelo absolutely must fight Gennady Golovkin later this year if he wants to salvage his noticeably tarnished reputation.
On last week's episode of "War a Week Radio", three decade fight trainer James Gogue expounded on this concept.
"If you want to be considered a great Mexican champion in boxing, you cannot do two things," stated the experienced fight coach. "1) you absolutely can't quit on your stool during a fight, and 2) you cannot relinquish your championship belt voluntarily to seemingly avoid the best competition."
"Those are two things that Mexican fight fans will not forgive."
Gogue dropped an impressive list of all-time great Mexican warriors to support his statement.
"Could you ever imagine fighters like Salvador Sanchez, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Miguel Canto, Carlos Zarate, and Ruben Olivares ever ditching their belts to seemingly get out of fighting another man?"
"In my opinion, Canelo has to fight GGG now," claimed James Gogue on War a Week Radio. "And he not only has to fight him, but beat him if he ever wants to be considered an all-time great Mexican fighter."
"If he doesn't make the fight happen soon, Alvarez will be committing professional suicide, in my opinion. I can't see the die-hard fans of boxing supporting his next PPV effort if it's not against Gennady Golovkin."
Is the three decade boxing trainer correct in his assessment? Will Saul Alvarez be able to remain Mexico's most popular fighter without a unification bout opposite Gennady Golovkin?
Only time will tell.