On 16th September 2017, boxing fans around the world were treated to a fight between arguably two of the best boxer’s in the business right now.
With the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal middleweight championship on the line, a fight contested between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez appeared to be rather more one sided than expected but after going to the judge’s scorecards the fight ended in a draw.
Many people felt aggrieved by the decision, especially those in the camp of Gennady Golovkin. The Kazakhstani boxer felt he had done enough to be decided as the outright winner.
In what was a highly anticipated fight, we witnessed some quality operating from two of the very best. A spectacle that contained quality and drama, now appears to be in line for a return. Recently, it was announced that the pair will face off again in September this year.
The pair will be finally looking to conclude who is the rightful winner after all.
After shocking revelation’s coming out that Álvarez had failed a drug test the fight was put under intense jeopardy. He tested positive for a banned substance clenbuterol. Fears of an abandoned fight were then made reality a few weeks on when the Mexican withdrew from the rematch.
However, that now seems to have been put to one side for the time being as Canelo continues to serve his ban. An original rematch that was scheduled for 5th May will now be contested almost a year to the date of the first fight. Get ready, be prepared, Golovkin vs Canelo II is coming, 15th September 2018.
By James Miller