By: Julio Garcia
There’s plenty of boxing this week which should bring some Christmas cheer to many boxing fans. Covid has robbed us of our freedom this year and in turn one of our most beloved forms of entertainment. It took a while but we got some freedoms back and sports made a triumphant comeback as well and with boxing being back we’ve got some great fights that have happened and at the end of this week two of the biggest stars in boxing and former foes are in the ring again just not against each other and on different nights.
Gennady Golovkin last fought in October of 2019 against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Golovkin seemed to do really well until Derevyanchenko stepped on the gas and seemed to take the fight to GGG. By the end of the fight, it would appear that Derevyanchenko pulled off the upset but the cards went in the opposite direction in which the judges had a close fight. Needless to say, Golovkin seemed to be on a downslide.
Golovkin returns to the ring this Friday against Kamil Szeremeta. Szeremeta is an unknown to many but is undefeated as a professional in 21 fights.
Canelo Alvarez last stepped in the ring in November of 2019 when he moved up to the Light Heavyweight division and knocked out Sergey Kovalev. Canelo was the aggressor and Kovalev did not seem to be himself in the fight but the job hot done and Canelo was victorious.
Canelo fights this Saturday against Callum Smith of England. Smith is arguably the best fighter in the Super Middleweight division and was the winner of the World Boxing Super Series.
Both fighters are fighting on the same network (DAZN) just a day apart from each other but one fight is getting the majority of the attention while the other one seems to just be there.
Canelo will be in the ring against the guy who is established and has notable victories under his belt. Aside from that fact, Canelo has fought mostly legitimate competition since the first time he fought Golovkin. He continues to push himself while his skills continue to improve.
Golovkin on the other hand has not faced the best of competition since his first fight with Canelo. He has continued to win but not convincingly in every fight. He seems to be on a downward slide and his upcoming opponent is totally unproven and has no notable victories under his belt. This fight should be a walk in the park for Golovkin but with his apparent decline anything can happen and we don’t know what to expect. That being said the amount of attention the Canelo fight is getting far outshines that of Golovkin and rightfully so. There is a lot Golovkin needs to do to put himself where he once was. A bad showing will be disastrous for sure and there may be no coming back from that.