By Chris Rodriguez
The Boxing rematch we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.
The rematch is finally announced! Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is on for Cinco De Mayo (May 5th), location TBD. Many fans have their doubts about this fight due to the corruption involved throughout boxing history when it comes to mega fights.
Do not, I repeat do not, let the horrible scorecards from their first fight keep you from watching the rematch. We all know that judge Adalaide Byrd had the terrible score of 10 rounds in favor of Canelo and judge Don Trella scored it 114-114, as a draw which was also bad. At least this time they will not be there. Boxing is well-known for its politics and always favoring the money man and, in this case, the money man is Canelo. With that said, you cannot overlook the action in the ring.
Despite the judging, the fight was still great. It had lots of action and high-intensity moments. We saw the will of Canelo not let him give in when it looked like GGG was nearing a stoppage. We also saw GGG tested and forced to battle through all 12 rounds. Not only did he know Canelo was the bigger star but he also knew the crowd and the Las Vegas Boxing Commission were not in his favor.
Both fighters are extremely excited for this fight; as they should be. This could be a nice ending to a great career for GGG who will be turning 36 in April and a legacy fight for Canelo, getting that seal of approval and the respect he deserves from everyone in boxing. They’ve both been on record saying that the judges will not be needed to determine the outcome this time.
Currently, Vegas has GGG favored in this fight and I think most boxing analysts would agree. But at the same time, there is no telling how father time and age can play a factor. GGG might show up and look 36 years old. He usually fights 3 to 4 times a year and has never had a 7 month lay off between fights. Who knows how it will affect him? Hopefully in a positive way. Canelo is the younger, faster opponent and is ascending in skill, talent and stardom. If I was a betting man, I’d still go with GGG but I’m not as confident as I once was. The next few months leading up to the fight will tell us all we need to know. Stay tuned.