Colin Hart reckons boxing will finally get fight it deserves after the circus that was Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather
WHAT happened in Las Vegas last month and what will occur this weekend is the difference between a Christmas panto and a production of Hamlet.
Three weeks ago the grotesquely over-hyped Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor, phony war proved to be as stimulating as the idea of attending a Brexit negotiation meeting.
Mayweather’s insignificant ten-round victory will be lucky to receive a single paragraph when the boxing history of the 21st century comes to be written.
Now that silly showdown has been swept away, fight fans can give their full attention to what promises to be the most thrilling world middleweight title battle we’ve seen for 30 years.
That was when I sat open-mouthed in disbelief watching Marvin Hagler batter Tommy Hearns into a pitiful wreck in 7min 52sec of the most sustained X-rated act of ring brutality ever witnessed in Vegas.
The expectation of Gennady Golovkin at last coming to blows with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena tomorrow night has had me salivating for days.
It is rare to have the opportunity of seeing the best meeting the best and when it does happen often it leads to a monumentally disappointing anti-climax.
Who can forget the tremendous let-down when Mayweather boringly outpointed Manny Pacquiao in May 2015?
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Mayweather v McGregor was just a warm-up compared to Saturday night’s action in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady Golovkin in a fight which most claim is too hard to call.
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But I have no hesitation in confidently predicting the skills and hair-raising punching power generated by Golovkin and Alvarez will provide all-action, edge-of-the-seat entertainment that will not be for the faint-hearted.
This is a perfect match. Alvarez’s superior technical ability up against Golovkin, a man with wrecking-balls for fists.
Undoubtedly the Kazakh and the Mexican are far and away the two finest the 11st 6lb division has to offer and their amazing records speak for themselves.
Unbeaten Golovkin who holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts has won 33 of his 37 contests by KO and he hits hard enough to put a dent in a steel door.
Alvarez is not exactly a pitter-pat puncher and 34 of his 49 wins have been inside the distance. His only defeat — on points by Mayweather — was four years ago when his inexperience was exposed.
The rival camps have valid reasons why their men will triumph. Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer said: “I think Gennady’s mental toughness and physicality will be too much for Canelo.”
Eddy Reynoso, Alvarez’s trainer, countered: “Canelo knows how to roll with a punch to avoid taking it flush. He’s faster and has a much better defence than Golovkin.”
Forecasting the result is extremely difficult and it is causing headaches for fight folk on both sides of the Atlantic.
This is reflected in the betting odds. Gennady is a very slight 8/13 favourite while Canelo is quoted at 11/8 by some bookies.
Golovkin is 35 — eight years older than his challenger — and in his last outing six months ago just about scraped home against Danny Jacobs.
It was the first time he had been taken the distance in nine years ending a 23-KO streak.
From what I saw on that occasion I have the distinct feeling Golovkin has passed his peak.
So it is poker-faced Alvarez on points for me. But he is wise enough to know if he should lose concentration for a second he will end up flat out on the canvas.
This classic clash cannot possibly be as sensational as Hagler-Hearns. But I am sure it will be pulsating from start to finish and become one of the all-time middleweight championship duels