The world of boxing was revolutionized on Monday afternoon before the transcendent, reported by the journalist Lance Pugmire, from what to Gennady Golovkin, DAZN asked him if he would be willing and available for a third fight with Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in the fall.
The dust that had already accumulated a few inches thick with the passage of three long years rose again. The dead were revived, and debates were reopened.
The Canelo negotiate with Caleb Plant to fight in September for the total unification of 168 pounds. Conversations with Plant, who is active in the promoter PBC, they seem to have complicated, and now Canelo, DAZN Y Eddie hearn, they would be considering a Plan B: the third fight with Gennady Golovkin.
Today, Gennady Golovkin He is 39 years old and has only fought three times since 2018. The Kazakh is experiencing the lowest moment of his career since he had his first fight on a big television in September 2012 in HBO. The little activity and the unconvincing performances of his last bouts have suggested that Golovkin He’s on his goodbye tour
It is true that the name of the Kazakh continues to resonate in the mind of the casual fan. Certainly a third fight between Canelo Y Golovkin would sell a lot. Even in the current state of GGG, that fight would outsell any other rival he Canelo can face in the latitude of 160 to 175 pounds.
But beyond the obvious business, there is little to win in that fight. For him Canelo would not represent anything a triumph over Golovkin in a third fight. For the detractors of Saul, it would be one more line to the tiger. A victory against a rival in his late thirties who he allowed to grow old, and who took the turn when the fight was still competitive.
The Canelo he has nothing to gain and much to lose. If the Mexican were to be defeated, or go through complications in that third fight with GGG
, the discourse of the detractors would be similar: he had problems before a fighter in his forties.
Beyond the business, the Canelo He seems determined to seek goals that allow him to make history. He wants to unify the 168 pounds and is probably looking to do the same at 175. Saúl is looking to move up the ranks of the history of Mexican boxing. Chase Julio Cesar Chavez, to Salvador Sanchez. In a career like that of Canelo, in which he has already done all the business imaginable, there is still a lot of history to be done.
And against Golovkin there is no way to make history, because that train has already left. By September 2021, it will have been exactly three years since the last time Canelo and the Kazakh clashed. In boxing, which is a sport of flare-ups, three years is equivalent to leaving everything in ashes and well buried. It was a fight that was allowed to cool and time does not forgive.
The story of Canelo Y Golovkin It is already written, for better and for worse. With his passion, and his controversy. The career of the Canelo will be marked by Golovkin, and vice versa. The Kazakh found in the Canelo to the best rival of his career. But in the race of Canelo, despite all his garlands, the asterisk will remain that he did not want to make the third fight against Golovkin when the rivalry was still open, after two controversial and close fights. It was a historical rivalry to which definitions urged, which never came. There is nothing anymore with Golovkin that can reverse that.
The Canelo must look the other way. Toward Charlo, toward Plant, toward Benavidez, Beterbiev, Left handed or Bivol. Look To The Future. Gennady Golovkin, for him Canelo, is the past. It is history that has already been written like that, without end.