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GGG-Canelo Rematch Is “Close”…Fight Site Is 50-50, Vegas or NY


There won’t be, arguably, any more anticipated fight in the squared circle than the Gennady Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez rematch. Sure, you could argue that an Anthony Joshua v. Deontay Wilder match would be more buzzed-about. If Vasyl Lomachenko, or Terence Crawford was able to lure Manny Pacquiao into a “pass the baton” scrap, that would be a must watch…

But being that the first middleweight clash was so tight, and controversially scored, most fight fans are looking forward to see if GGG can win conclusively…or if younger gun Canelo, with that much more seasoning and confidence, can show that youth is boss.

The rematch is looking on track to occur May 5. Golden Boy president Eric Gomez said it is a 50-50 bet whether it lands in Las Vegas, or NY.

NY, he said, is putting together a helluva offer, with Madison Square Garden hot and heavy to land the middleweight fight fest.

But, as we who live here know, the cost of doing business in NY drives business away from the region. MSG is supposedly getting inventive in trying to ameliorate the costs, so they can land this faceoff.

“Let us get the fight done first, then we will tackle the site,” said Gomez on Friday. “It’s close!”

And…anything in contract about what judges will or won’t be utilized? “Sorry, I can’t discuss details,” Gomez replied.

Meanwhile, let’s ponder the fight itself. The first one was deemed a draw, because…well, because human being score fights and until robots take over more of human’s dutires, this is what we are left with…Draws are like kissing your sister, and you are not a vicious creep…unless, of course, a draw isn’t so horrid a result from a marketing perspective, because it screams that the scrap is a coinflip situation.

If Canelo offers more volume, would that be the way for him to get the W? It looks like his defense was so spot on, and he saw what GGG was firing at him…Could GGG press harder, get Canelo into that cardio danger zone earlier, and finish the job, if he gets the Mexican more fatigued? Didn’t Canelo eat GGG’s best, and not bend or break? Asking more from GGG, not an easy thing to do, being that GGG is 36 in April. Can he elevate his game to another gear?

What say you, readers?



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