Forget about Saul Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin.
Last fall, Golovkin unified his WBA belt with David Lemieux’s IBF version, extending his KO streak to 20. Alvarez took the WBC and lineal middleweight titles from Miguel Cotto. Canelo and Triple G were two of the sport’s hottest stars. A showdown between them was a fight that fans, rightfully, expected to see in 2016.
But it is now clear that the fight will not happen this year. Last December, Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, said the fight needed time to “marinate.” He no doubt had visions of the ridiculous half a decade that fans waited for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, and the final record-setting payday. Or perhaps he was figuring it would be best to let the 34-year-old Golovkin age another year or two.
As far as I am concerned, the fight has turned sour in that marinade. Alvarez’s hesitancy to fight Golovkin makes me less interested in seeing it take place. I was inclined to think that Alvarez has exactly the kind of aggressive counter-punching in the pocket that could give Golovkin trouble. But Uncle Oscar knows a lot more about match-making than I do and if the Golden Boy is hesitating to pull the trigger on that fight, maybe he sees it as less of a toss-up than I do.
If Canelo is going to stay at 154, let him fight top 154-pound fighters, like Demetrius Andrade and the Charlo twins.
Meanwhile, at middleweight, Golovkin needs to fight one man: Daniel Jacobs. Last year, Jacob’s knocked out previously unbeaten Peter Quillin in Round 1, to claim the WBA “regular” belt.
The WBA “regular” belt is a joke. Gennady Golovkin, the so-called WBA “super” champion, is the only WBA world champion anybody should recognize at middleweight.
Knocking out Kid Chocolate, however, was no joke. Jacob’s stoppage of Quillin is better than any single win on GGG’s resume. It does not make Jacobs a world champion. It does make him the unquestioned No. 1 contender. Jacobs has the boxing skills to test Golovkin in close range and the power to hurt him. Against Jacobs, Golovkin would for once find himself in a true fight.