NEW YORK (AP) – Think about this as the real fight.
Forget that “event” three weeks earlier that is making such a splash. The middleweight bout in Las Vegas on Sept. 16 between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is all about boxing.
Showdown, not showtime.
Sure, Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to face mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in a matchup that has generated tremendous buzz. But for true fans of the “sweet science,’’ Golovkin-Alvarez is the most anticipated fight since Mayweather outpointed Manny Pacquiao two years ago.
One that figures to be a lot more of a fight than Mayweather-Pacquiao, too.
“Conor is not a boxer, he’s a UFC fighter,” Golovkin said Tuesday. “That is a big commercial show, it’s show business. It’s not boxing and people understand if they want a true boxing show, a classic, it is Sept. 16.”
That would be when the undefeated Triple G (37-0, 33 knockouts) puts his middleweight belts on the line against Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs, the loss to Mayweather in 2013).
“The fact it’s three weeks before the major boxing holiday of Sept. 16 and a classic fight between two great champions doesn’t affect it a bit,” adds promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
“If people want to see a real fight, then tune in on Sept. 16.”
Golovkin-Alvarez has been a long time in the making. There were claims the fighters (and their promoters) were ducking each other, or that top money wasn’t there. But after Golovkin outpointed Danny Jacobs – his first fight going 12 rounds – and Alvarez destroyed Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earlier this year, the bout was made.
At 35, Triple G is nearly nine years older than Alvarez. He doesn’t see that as significant.
“I feel like 25,’’ Golovkin told The Associated Press. “I believe on Sept. 16, I will have my peak. It will be amazing for boxing.’’
Alvarez, who wasn’t quite ready for a tactical master like Mayweather in their 2013 fight, believes he’s matured now. Of course, Mayweather never has punched like Triple G does.
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