Canelo Álvarez and GGG have no intentions to draw again.
The Mexican idol and the Kazakh middleweight top dog faced off in downtown Los Angeles in front of an animated crowd as they officially announced their much expected second go for May 5.
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) both believe they won in the first fight in September. But one of the most exciting and energetic fights of recent times ended in a split draw, but intend to ease the judges’ work as they will be fighting for a knockout. “It’s a new fight, and the same thing won’t happen this time,” Golovkin said.
Canelo-GGG 2 will take place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Both fighters and promoters believe the rematch will be one of the most lucrative bouts of the year as it will happen outside the shadow of the alleged “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor (about the third fight of the century of the 21st century) that occurred three weeks before Canelo-GGG 1.
“Both of these guys are on a different level because of the first fight,” declared Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s longtime promoter. “That was one of the rare megafights that actually delivered, and it just seems like there’s more interest now (in the rematch). This has become the biggest fight in the sport of boxing in 2018, so I think the spotlight is going to be shone on this fight.”
“The people know it’s going to be another great fight,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “You saw it in the first one. We both want to win big. That’s why we’ll both go for the knockout.”
Due to their electric and entertaining fighting styles and the unconformity generated by the judges’ decision in the first encounter, Canelo and GGG 2 will be a commercial bomb. Their first fight sold out T-Mobile Arena in two weeks and produced more than 1 million pay-per-view purchases, achieving PPV level only reached by Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya in this century.
Their first fight featured many lead changes and ruthless action, with several conatus of KO all over the 12 rounds. Golovkin lead the middle rounds before Alvarez made an enormous effort close to the end and even made GGG’s legs tremble more than once. But most observers agree Golovkin won the fight. One judge scored it 115-113 for Golovkin, and another counted it a 114-114 draw, yet judge Adalaide Byrd oddly scored it 118-110 for Alvarez raising big suspicion.
“We won the first fight eight (rounds to) four, so to do something dramatically different on our part would be foolish,” Abel Sánchez, Golovkin’s trainer said. “Obviously, we’ll modify some things and adjust, but we have to do what we do best, and if it’s not good enough on that particular night, then it’s not good enough.”
Álvarez saw himself as the winner of the fight, but he was also frustrated by his incapacity to make the most of on the counterattack chances generated by Golovkin’s aggression. “He didn’t take a lot of risks either, because he was afraid of getting counterpunched,” Alvarez said. “I did hurt him, but I can assure you he never hurt me in the whole fight.”
The first fight was Golovkin’s debut in the world’s boxing capital, and he showed he was deserving of the stage. He holds all four main middleweight titles: WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO. We’ll see if he can hold them against the Mexican.