I’ll never be so happy to be so wrong in my all life. This joke of a fight turned out to be harmless for Canelo’s career. In fact, it should provide a good boost for his popularity, given that his opponent had a functional 10 to 15 pound weight advantage. One bit of trivia I was unaware of until after the fight was the fact that the Alvarez-Chavez showdown actually has been in the works for years. At least six years, from the looks of it.
That means two things. First, it means there was a reason for the fight to happen. They had been planning to fight each other since a time when Alvarez wasn’t the undisputed king of the junior welters, and when Chavez was lighter. Had this fight taken place 6 years ago, it all would’ve made a lot more sense! And I think the result would’ve been the same. Second, it means that the thought process behind choosing Canelo’s opponents might not be so flawed. Alvarez so thoroughly dominated the fight that when it came time for the announcement of the score cards, and he treated it like the Coming Attractions screen at the movies, it didn’t even seem that unnatural.
He transitioned abruptly to a very staged delivery of his announcement of his next opponent. For once, it’s both a fight that makes sense and the fight that everyone wants. I’m not even sure that Golovkin is such a bad opponent for Alvarez anymore. Clearly, stronger and rangier fighters don’t bother him much, and Golovkin’s willingness to square-up and trade could work to Canelo’s advantage. This will mean good things for boxing and the middleweight division in particular. There are so many good fights to be seen with Alvarez at 160, even if he can’t handle Golovkin. I’d most like to see him tested against Lemieux, Quillin, or Jacobs, but for now, triple G will do just fine.
For his part, Chavez Jr. should stay away from everyone at middleweight and above. He’s always looked undisciplined and untalented, but this past Saturday he looked absolutely helpless. Could be the effects of cutting weight explain his performance, but he looked unfocused and unmotivated from the first round, so it doesn’t seem like fatigue could explain his behavior. It wasn’t because of immobility or injury, and it wasn’t out of fear of his opponent’s power, he just seemed beaten before the bell ever rang. He’s more irrelevant now than ever and it doesn’t really matter why he fought the way he did.