After a one-sided landslide win against Julio Chavez Jr last Saturday, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez announced that he was ready for bigger and greater things – such as a fight with Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, also better known as GGG. “GGG, you are next my friend,” said Alvarez after his fight. “I’ve never feared anyone since I was 16 and fighting as a professional.”
This fight has boxing fans at the edge of their seats – both Alvarez and Golovkin are two of the most exciting fighters to date. With incredible fighting records (Alvarez’ only loss comes from a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.) and the ability to draw crowds, this is certainly a fight reminiscent of the golden years of boxing.
Are you as excited as we are about this fight? Read on to find out Why GGG vs Canelo Will Be The Greatest Fight Ever:
1) Both are amazing KO artists
Gennady Golovkin is undoubtedly a beast. With a 23 knockout streak from 22 November to 18 March 2017, he holds the highest knockout percentage in middleweight championship history. One of his most famous knockouts was when he took a shot at Mathew Macklin’s solar plexus, leaving him reeling and stumbling to his knees.
The same could be said about his opponent, Saul Alvarez, who has 34 knockout wins out of 49 wins. His most impressive knockout came last year when he landed a devastating right hand on Amir Khan. It was after this fight that Alvarez had announced his desire to fight against GGG, but the fight never materialized. When two boxers with KO power meet, it’s rarely a boring affair. The ability that both GGG and Alvarez have to turn a fight on its head with one punch is sure to make this an amazing fight.
2) Their styles are a great match for one another
Golovkin is the ultimate swarmer. Known for his aggressive, overwhelming pressure, he is a master at closing the distance between him and his opponents. You can guarantee that once GGG has you where you where he wants you to be (which is as close to him as possible), it’s over. He’ll land blows on the inside, using hooks and uppercuts to break you down.
Alvarez’ boxer-puncher style is perhaps the best style to counter that of a swarmer. His ability to land power punches and remain highly technical truly sets him apart from other boxers. His aggression and ability to out-cardio a swarmer could certainly prove to be Golovkin’s demise. The tactical battle between these two will add another layer to this exciting fight.
3) Both are two of the best pound for pound fighters today
Both Golovkin and Alvarez are ranked as two of the best pound for pound fighters today. Alvarez currently holds the WBO and The Ring titles for a reason – he has defeated and faced some of the most elite fighters in the business, including Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara, Amir Khan, and Miguel Cotto.
The undefeated Golovkin, on the other hand, has that incredible KO record and destructive power that has helped made him a household name. His name evokes a time reminiscent of the great legends such as Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson, two of the most feared boxers to date. Having two of the greats at the top of their games battle it out is a recipe for the greatest fight of all time.
4) Both are exciting fighters
Boxing has never been more exciting. So exciting that it’s taken the place of the long-rumored super fight between Conor Mc Gregor and Floyd Mayweather. “We just lost our date to Canelo and Triple-G, but good, that’s a good fight. I’ll be at that one, too,” announced UFC President Dana White in an interview.
Over the years, both fighters have received quite a lot of attention due to their exceptional talent, KO record and aggressive fighting styles. Golovkin’s ability to dart about the ring and swarm his opponents with devastating blows has made him a fan favorite, while Alvarez’ recent destruction of Chavez Jr., has had the boxing community buzzing.
5) Both are national heroes
With his fiery red hair, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is considered a national hero in his native country of Mexico. In fact, in 2012, more people tuned into Alvarez’ fight against Shane Mosley than they did to watch Mexico’s Olympic football final with Brazil. Gennady Golovkin, a Kazakhstan native, has brought more fame and recognition to his country than anyone in history. Not only has he put Kazakhstan on the map, he’s also brought recognition to the work ethic and talent of his people. The passion that both sets of patriotic fans will bring will create an atmosphere not seen in a long time. Not wanting to let their respective nations down, both fighters will fight tooth and nail to the very end. The energy of this fight will ensure that it goes down as the greatest ever.
There’s no doubt that boxing fans can’t wait for September 16. This much-awaited fight has been in talks for many years, and fans have just been waiting for the fight to happen. With two legendary fighters battling it out in the ring, this bout is set to be the greatest boxing fight in history. So tell us, whose side are you on?