Gennady Golovkin showed his punching power, offensive abilities, and more importantly, his class as he knocked out Dominic Wade in the second round at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday. With this victory, one of the biggest fights -- Canelo Alvarez vs Golovkin -- could come to fruition.
However, at present, Alvarez is completely focussed on Amir Khan, who is set to battle it out against the Mexican for the WBC middleweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7. The winner of the fight will most probably face Golovkin, and Alvarez is the one expected to win that particular match, and with it set up dream date with the Kazakh boxer.
Golovkin has dominated the boxing circuit like no other, and is yet to lose a single bout. What impresses one most is his 32 knockout wins in 35 bouts. The Kazakh boxer is in a league of his own, but has not met the big names of the boxing world. Alvarez might be the biggest name he will come across if the bout materialises.
Alvarez, if he lives up to the favourites tag against Khan, will have 15 days to negotiate a fight with Golovkin, but if he fails, the belt, according to an agreement signed by the two fighters, will be stripped, and handed over to Golovkin. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman believes it is time to make the mega fight between Alvarez and Golovkin happen.
"Let's see. [Golovkin] is very powerful, like a pit bull, and [a bout against Alvarez] is a fight that everybody wants to see. That's a fact. I've read it. I hear it. I think 'Canelo' looked great beating Miguel Cotto [in November]. 'Triple-G' looked great tonight. This is the time to make a great fight," LA Times quoted Sulaiman as saying.
However, there lies a catch for the fight. Alvarez is set to fight Khan at the 155-pound catchweight, and may also ask Golovkin, who is a 160-pound fighter, to come down to the same level. Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, has made it clear that his boxer will not go down to such a weight, at any costs. In fact, Alvarez has to move up to another class for the fight to happen.
"Why does he want to give in to a diva, to somebody who's trying to change boxing? We have 17 divisions already ... 155 pounds is not a division. It's the principle of the thing. [Golovkin] won't come down one ounce. It's the 160-pound belt and that's what he's going to fight at. If [Alvarez] won't, then he can leave the belt," Sanchez said.
The Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao 'Fight of the Century' was a long time in the making, and one hopes boxing fans do not have to wait too long to see Golovkin vs Alvarez clash.