Canelo Alvarez Must Beat Gennadiy Golovkin In Trilogy Fight

Canelo Alvarez Must Beat Gennadiy Golovkin

Legacy on the line at Canelo vs GGG 3 Why Canelo Alvarez must beat Gennadiy Golovkin in trilogy fight That is what’s at stake when meet for the third time on September 17 at T-Mobile Arena. It’s a rematch four years in the making where one man will attempt to validate his previous outings while the other will aim to put this rivalry to rest emphatically.

Canelo Alvarez Must Beat Gennadiy Golovkin In Trilogy Fight

Over the past several years, the beef between Canelo and Golovkin has only intensified. After being forced to wait for the highly anticipated first fight in 2017, Golovkin left with an unsatisfying — and massively controversial — split draw. The rematch was originally set for the following May but Canelo infamously failed a drug test due to “tainted meat,” which incensed GGG to call out his opponent as a cheater. That didn’t sit well with Canelo. When they met again in September 2018, Canelo pressed the action and forced the boogeyman of boxing to fight going backward and won a closely contested decision that many believe could have also gone the way of Golovkin.

Canelo forced GGG to wait again for a third fight as he collected world titles at super middleweight and light heavyweight before being upended in his quest earlier this year to capture 175-pound gold against Dimitry Bivol. Meanwhile, Golovkin only had one thing on his mind: Canelo. He took on four opponents and didn’t have his best outings because all he wanted was to slay the dragon.

No disrespect, but his mind wasn’t on Sergiy Dervyanchenko, Steve Rolls, Kamil Szeremeta or even Ryota Murata. He wanted Canelo. Alas, here we are. The 32-year-old Canelo is looking to regain his footing as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world following the loss to Bivol while the 40-year-old Golovkin wants to punch his way back on to that highly regarded list once again by defeating his nemesis.

Who has more to lose?

The answer is simple: Canelo Alvarez.

If Golovkin loses, he drifts into the background. He’ll remain a first-ballot boxing hall of famer, but he’ll also be remembered as the guy who couldn’t beat Canelo. Three fights and no wins vs. Canelo. 42-0 against everyone else. This fight may mean more to GGG than it does to everyone watching. Should he win, he can ride off into the sunset knowing that he was the better man. But like Juan Manuel Marquez when he knocked out Manny Pacquiao in their fourth fight, his status will rise but likely not beyond the likes of Canelo. After all, the series would still be 1-1-1.

However, for Canelo, a loss would be devastating.

A little less than a year ago, Canelo Alvarez became the undisputed super middleweight champion with an 11th-round TKO of IBF champion Caleb Plant. It completed an unheard of journey where the Mexican collected all four titles in less than a year’s time. The conversation shifted from whether Canelo was in the conversation for greatest Mexican fighter of all-time to how close is he to cracking the short list of greatest fighters to ever live.

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Greatness. That has undeniably been what Alvarez is after. He has no interest in easy fights or challenging opponents who don’t hold world titles. He’s the belt collector. If you have a world title, he’s coming to get it. He’s only 32 but is a four-division world champion who has racked up an impressive resume. He has hall of famers (Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto), previously undefeated opponents (Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Caleb Plant) fighters who have been in the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings (Sergey Kovalev) and opponents others have avoided (Erislandy Lara).

But then he fell short when he tried to climb a mountain that proved to be too tall for him in Bivol. Some questioned whether Canelo was truly as good as he was perceived to be or if there was a little smoke and mirrors to his act. After all, there were those who still believed that Golovkin was better than all of Canelo’s opponents not named Floyd Mayweather and should have won at least one fight in their series. Simply put, Canelo couldn’t truly be considered great until he proved that he was better than GGG. It’s an itch that Canelo has tried to ignore, but now he has to scratch it.

For Canelo, the only way to definitively put this to bed is by knocking out his 40-year-old rival.

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From the first round I’m gonna go for the knockout,” Alvarez said to a group of reporters on Tuesday.  There that word is again, greatness. Canelo enters this fight as a significant favorite, which only adds to the pressure of winning. There’s an expectation with Canelo being eight years younger and forcing Golovkin to move up in weight. He has everything in his favor for the third fight. But you can’t be great if you have all of the advantages and fall short.

Not to someone who you are bigger than.

Not to someone who doesn’t have the popularity and accolades that you do.

In his mind, a knockout will rid any potential controversy. Leave it to the judges, and there may not be enough clarity that will allow Canelo to sleep well at night. If Canelo loses? It would validate GGG’s claims that he won the first two fights. Canelo would also have to hand over the undisputed super middleweight titles to his rival, who has fought his entire career at a lower weight class.

Losing to Bivol was acceptable because he was bigger and stronger than Canelo. This was Canelo chasing greatness and falling short. He wasn’t chasing greatness, he was trying to silence the one controversy that has hovered over his career. We won’t be talking about where Canelo falls in the greatest of all-time discussion. Instead, we will be talking about whether or not Canelo was an overrated fraud who may not have been as great as the world made him out to be.

It’s as simple as that.

That’s the cruel reality of boxing. It doesn’t take much to get knocked off the throne. And the fall is much more painful than the climb to get to the mountaintop. There’s no doubt about it, Canelo Alvarez must beat Gennadiy Golovkin to preserve his legacy and continue his journey to greatness.

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