By Malibongwe Tokwe
Great fights like this one worth no outcome, we are going to see the epic battle come 15 September 2018
A year ago, in the month of September, I wrote an article about my take on the Alvarez vs Golovkin fight that officially ended as a split draw. I found my views and opinions lonely and not well taken by the average boxing fans as I scored the fight 116/112 in favour of Alvarez. Many thought I watched a different fight, some even told me to go back to boxing fundamental books and learn how to score the professional boxing fight. Another guy on facebook told me, I was, “smoking socks…”, when I was watching that fight- not sure whose socks as he did not elaborate enough for me to answer that one.
After receiving those comments, I went back and watched the fight 3 more times, twice early in the morning and once in the evening. See, that is important to me because watching it early morning meant a sober minded view of it. I scored the fight again in all those 3 occasions however, I chose not to share my scoring, because if you are one of those who disagreed with my original score card, you might end up very upset, give up on me, and maybe not continue to read my articles .Hence I would rather leave that fight, at least, until I finish this piece.
I guess I am not ready for social media people to start telling me that I am smoking undies. Logically, the facebook guy will have to say something like that for me to understand his thinking, at least there will be consistency !!!
Here we are, less than 40hrs to the long overdue 2nd fight of Canelo and Golovkin, that had to be postponed from May to September 2018 due to Canelo Alvarez testing positive for the US banned substance called clenbuterol. Canelo denied the allegations that he had used that substance to edge his opponent. He claimed to not be a cheater and the only possible explanation he could think of was that he had consumed the substance from high protein foods such as steak.
Clenbuterol is a steroid-like chemical that was initially developed to treat asthma in horses, working by relaxing the airways in the animals’ lungs. The drug is both a decongestant and a bronchodilator.
A decongestant thins the blood to reduce blood pressure while a bronchodilator widens the vessels that carry oxygen, so the volume of oxygen in the blood increases.
In some European and Latin American countries, Clenbuterol is approved as an asthma drug for humans too. But in the United States, it is a banned substance for same purpose.
In many countries Clenbuterol is fed to livestock, so the animals gain more muscle and lose fat.
Clenbuterol stimulates both the heart and central nervous system. It increases the production of epinephrine and noradrenaline in the body, leading to a variety of effects, such as, rapid fat burning (increases metabolism), excitability and energy increase.
I must say, the drug (not encouraging its use) is perfect for a boxer that is moving from a lighter weight division to the next. Picking up the weight is obviously popular and easy to all of us, however that comes with excess fat and strength loss, more especially when it’s achieved the couch-potato way. Taken by injection, pills or food, clenbuterol allows the user to retain both muscle mass and body strength at the same time. Magic, I tell you!!!
Back to the fighting game, I am one guy that believes fighters should be kept accountable for any bad stains found in their bodies, let alone in their blood. I find it really difficult to accept that Canelo found himself with a steroid substance that can be used to deal with the hard challenges of moving to the upper boxing division. This sounds like the perfect unfortunate coincidence because it was found in a system of a man that is fairly new to 160 pounds Middleweight Division.
Let me rather say it differently, it sounds as ridiculous as detecting high volumes of the pain killer substances (Aspirin) in someone’s system who suffers from migraines and be told he got it from natural fruits. That is convincing isn’t it? I am no fool!!!
Nevertheless, Canelo vs Golovkin II is going to be a cracker, and that is due to the styles the fighters have, the score cards controversy of their previous encounter, the steroids mysteries, and the animosity between the two camps.
It is one of those fights where everything can only result to the exciting battle on fight night. Now, if there is any fighter that can beat Golovkin in today’s boxing era, other than Daniel Jacobs, it is Canelo Alvarez. Him coming in with a good fight strategy, he can win unanimously with or without any juice in his system.
Canelo’s fighting strategy must be the opposite of what is expected by the media and Golovkin’s team. He needs to forget about engaging toe to toe with Golovkin in this fight, not even for a second. He must keep the battle in the heart of the ring. He must focus on letting his jab go all the way while he is peddling sideways with his young legs. When he finds Golovkin too close, he had better CRCA him,
- Combination punching (body, body, body),
- And jab him moving.
The CRCA strategy will in a way dull the fight at times, however, there is so much in this fight than just excitement, it is the fight that needs to be won. Canelo’s work rate will also be key to the victory. He has to throw more punches than Golovkin and that will take a lot of hard work because the Kazakhstan warrior will be throwing barrages too.
I can see the intensity of this fight eventually narrow down to the youth factor through the form of speed and/or fatigue, the old man may struggle to catch-up and that might result to unbearable beating that will force trainer Abel Sanchez to holt the contest.
In closing, I have seen many return fights in boxing, and whenever a small guy fights the bigger guy for the second time after a 12 rounds contest, the smaller guy fights better. I think this has to do with overcoming insecurities. When you realize you can take his punches even though he is a bigger man, then you fight less conservatively and take chances, and that is what boxing is all about.
Sometimes taking those chances leads to a disaster, as you get carried away to recklessness, and get knocked the f.ck out of your senses.
I am sure Canelo could have thrown more punches in their first contest, but then again, he had to deal with the unknown, of which now he knows.
Having said all the above, Gennady Golovkin is a great fighter, his boxing abilities are under looked, and he has an incredible stiff left jab.
Just like the old school trainers would say, “Good stiff left jab is countered by the good well timed left hook” Jack Blackburn the trainer of the great Joe Brown Bomber Louis
Ladies and gentlemen, as long as Canelo Alvarez throws many punches, moves lateral, CRCA and wants to win, he beats Gennady Golovkin.
Feel free to agree to dissagree!!!