In the last couple of weeks, I have seen all over the social media-sphere that no one wants to see a third fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2) against Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1).
As much as that sounds believable because of the number that are oppose to seeing it, I call BS.
Not only do the boxing fans want this fight, the casuals are clamoring over this fight. To understand where I am coming from, we have to go back to where it started for a second.
The September 2017 fight between Canelo and GGG was highly anticipated and both men showed master level skills in the ring that resulted in a controversial draw and a PPV result of 1.3 million buys.
The rematch then occurred a year later, which saw Canelo beating GGG by a very slim margin and that resulted in 1.1 million PPV buys. Keep in mind that prior to this, the only fights doing these numbers had the name Mayweather attached to it.
The timing could have not been better as I strongly believe those two fights led to their huge respective DAZN deals that both men eventually signed. With DAZN...
..wanting to continue the rise of their subscriptions, the third fight is inevitable. It’s not a matter of “if” but more so “when” and “where.”
Those PPV numbers aren’t solely based on the hardcore boxing fans. A good chunk of those numbers are coming from casuals and they love what they saw that first and second time. I was in Vegas for that second fight and when you have twelve thousand fans show up to a weigh-in, you have something special. The buzz and electricity on that Las Vegas strip leading to the fight was something I had never experienced.
With DAZN really holding all of the cards, it makes all of the sense in the world to do this fight next and do it in the “Mecca of Boxing” which is the Madison Square Garden. You don’t think DAZN would love to have a good chunk of those PPV buys from the previous fights transferred into subscriptions? You bet your bottom dollar they do and they are almost counting on those types of numbers come fight night in regards to new subscriptions.
The monster media machine in NYC along with the buzz from casuals will make this event into one of the biggest of the year. Trust me, with the DAZN headquarters in NYC, they will ensure that this makes it through every outlet to include things like the Jimmy Fallon Show, Ellen, GMA, Etc…
But wait, what about this guy?
The Curious case of WBO Middleweight Champ Demetrious “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0)
So where does this leave “Boo Boo” Andrade? Well, if he wins on June 29th, does DAZN call an audible and have him face Canelo or GGG in Sept instead? “Boo Boo” is definitely good enough to spoil any ready made plans but if DAZN gambles and has Canelo or GGG fight him and they are successful, wouldn’t that make a May 2020 undisputed championship fight THAT much bigger? I think this fight can quite possibly determine what happens next or does it just leave Andrade if successful, to face the winner of Canelo vs GGG III in May 2020? Maybe, we keep this co-promoting thing going and Jermall Charlo gets his crack at Andrade. Wouldn’t that be something… Keep an eye out in the coming weeks to see how this shakes out.
What would the rest of the card look like for Canelo vs GGG III?
I absolutely believe that this would be the prime opportunity to do the rematch between Undisputed Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor (14-0) and Delfine Persoon (43-2) as the co-main event. The only other super fight that makes sense in this slot for such a high profile event would be Taylor against the super popular Puerto Rican star Amanda Serrano (36-1-1). Either fight would easily fill the co-main event slot at the Garden making the event even more “bang for you buck”.
You then follow it with GBP’s own Ryan “King RY” Garcia (18-0), who can have a step up fight against a guy like Lee Selby or Anthony Crolla to see how he does against guys who have been in with current champions. This should be a measuring tool to see where he is with his progression at 135 lbs.
The main card of the night would start off with the return of the people’s champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2) against someone like Donnie Nietes as a WBC title eliminator, which will lead the path to a fight with the current champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada early next year.
The undercards can be filled in with impressive fighters like 2 (9-0) and Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy (5-0).
I’m not here to start any arguments or go back and forth with fans, I’m here to tell you what everyone secretly thinks and wants which is the third fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin. So DAZN, lets give what the people want and continue to elevate the sport of boxing to fans of the sport and casuals who can eventually turn into full blown fans after this event.
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