13 September 2018, by: Brenton Chelin
GGG vs ALVAREZ II: A SEQUEL WORTH THE HYPE
After a heavily disputed first meeting, the big-hitting duo will take to the ring again to prove who really is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. BET Central’s Brenton Chelin takes a closer look and tries to split ‘em.
It’s been little over a year since the two fighters bludgeoned their way to a controversial split decision and the 12 months that followed has done little to erase the bad blood.
Golovkin had every right to feel aggrieved by the judges decision, having been the more active fighter throughout the fight, landing a majority of the punches while absorbing everything Alvarez had to offer.
Canelo did manage to land with 42% of his power punches and showcased some good defence to take the fight the distance, but very few ringside observers were in agreement with Adelaide Byrd’s 118-110 verdict in his favour.
The original rematch was set for May this year, before Alvarez failed a drug test throwing the entire match in doubt. The Mexican has served his subsequent six month ban, all the while maintaining the positive test for Clenbuterol was the result of contaminated meat. However, his opponent has his doubts and has been very outspoken in his views of the ban.
Canelo’s main weakness has been his tendency to gas late in fights and many believe this to be the reason for using the drug to enhance his performance. Golovkin may be a year older, but his ability to manage the fight and drag Canelo into deep water could prove the difference here.
Golovkin is renowned for having a granite chin and has never hit the canvas as either an amateur or a pro. Alvarez landed some thunderous shots during the first meeting. GGGs reaction – a shrug and a smile.
Canelo Alvarez has put so many fighters to sleep with his powerful overhand right ??
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