When the long-awaited Saul Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight clash ended in a controversial draw to the benefit of Alvarez (who many thought lost the fight), the thought was that a rematch would be hard to sign. After all, it took Alvarez more than two years to actually agree to the first bout and a second bout, in many ways, would be more of a risk than the first one.
Boxing odds for the Canelo vs Golovkin rematch would likely give the edge to Golovkin and that would only add to the impression that Alvarez, walking into a rematch, would be walking into a sure defeat.
But “Canelo,” himself has worked to squash rumors of a reluctance on his part to revisit a Golovkin battle. The Mexican star has assured that a rematch is pretty much all that’s on his mind.
“For me the priority is [the rematch]. Right now I’m going to rest, but the priority is the tiebreaker in May. We will try to make the fight, do the best we can do to make it in May,” Alvarez recently told ESPN Deportes. “It’s up to them [if they want to make a deal for the rematch], I’m in for the tiebreaker. We have to negotiate, we’re ready, it’s my priority for May.”
Alvarez is no doubt emboldened by the fact that he actually did quite well at various points throughout the bout– virtually handcuffing the Kazakh KO machine in the early rounds and boxing quite well even in the rounds he lost. Alvarez was able to roll with Golovkin’s punches and avoid any real damage. After twelve spirited rounds, Alvarez’s face showed little sign of wear and tear and he was never buzzed or hurt at any point in the bout. The fear of the unknown when it comes to Golovkin’s heavy hands, if there ever was fear, is clearly no longer there.
For Golovkin, there’s absolutely no doubt that a rematch with Alvarez is the only thing on his mind. There’s simply no other fight out there for him that could deliver such a handsome payday or put him in such a bright spotlight. Anything other than a second Canelo showdown will be a huge step down for him.
For the fans, Canelo-Golovkin II is a no-brainer. The first bout, despite the controversial decision, was an entertaining struggle that provided plenty of action. From the moment the fight ended, there were calls for a rematch and anticipation for a return bout will continue to grow as time goes by.
With the money involved being so huge and the fan demand so intense, Canelo-Golovkin II is pretty much guaranteed to happen. Throw in Alvarez’s own statement about the return bout being his top priority and we can be sure of a May showdown between the two earnest warriors.