SunSport’s newest addition to the boxing team, former cruiserweight world champ Glenn McCrory, gives the lowdown on Canelo vs Golovkin
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Former IBF cruiserweight world champion, and now boxing trainer and pundit GLENN MCCRORY has joined up to provide his expert comment and opinion on the hard-hitting sport.
Since retiring in 1993, the 52-year-old has gone to work for Sky Sports, providing expert boxing analysis, and now we are able to tap into this too.
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This week, McCrory gives his thoughts on the upcoming mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, and why it could be the start of a cracking trilogy.
Boxing really is buzzing.
Straight off the back of our Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight classic at Wembley stadium, we had a huge all Mexican showdown in Las Vegas.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated against his over-hyped counterpart Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, winning a one-sided predictable affair.
In attendance was the heir apparent pound for pound supremo Gennady Golovkin.
Smartly dressed and smiling broadly, he entered the ring to the announcement that Canelo and he would share the ring on September 16.
Great news indeed, better still as it sidelines the circus sideshow of a possible Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor confrontation.
Canelo finally accepted the challenge from the unified middleweight king, regarded by most as the best fighter in the World, albeit GGG coming of an under-par performance against American Daniel Jacobs, in New York in March.
Jacobs dragged himself off the floor to give GGG his first distance fight in almost a decade, indeed the first time he’s heard the final bell in a championship fight in his whole career.
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This ended his run of 23 straight stoppages, 17 of which were world title defences. Impressive indeed.
But the young Mexican Alvarez, with 51 fights under his belt, is still only 26 years of age.
It’s astonishing to think that this poster-boy looking warrior turned professional at just 15 and has an impressive tally of 49 wins, 34 KOs and his only defeat was to a highly motivated Floyd Mayweather, arguably the greatest boxer of all time.
It’s a mouth-watering fight indeed with all the making of fistic classic, pound-for-pound number one bragging rights at stake along with IBF, WBC and WBA Middleweight belts up for grabs.
Is GGG ready for the taking? Is this the right time, right place for Canelo at 26 to Golovkin at 35 or is the Kazakh warrior going to seal his place in middleweight hall of fame history?
One way or the other there is lots to talk about in the build up to potential fight of the year and probably many years to come.
The venue is still to be decided for the September 16 date for diary, but something tells me you won’t need a reminder….
The fight will not disappoint, two true fighting men with so much to prove and so much to lose.
Golovkin has done very little wrong his whole career and lives the life of a champion.
I for one don’t think he’s ready to relinquish his grip on the middleweight throne but I think the young warrior Canelo will push him right to the wire.
I think this argument might go on to a second and even a third fight.
Next week, McCrory will dissect Gervonta Davis’ first fight in the UK, when he meets Liam Walsh at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park this Saturday (May 20) for the IBF super featherweight world title.