THE highly controversial draw in their first fight (September 2017) was a perfect reason for Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to fight again this year. But a failed drug test and some petty infighting are two reasons why this middleweight blockbuster, a natural, might fall through the cracks and never find resolution, one way or another.
The initial date for the rematch, May 5, was scuppered due to Alvarez failing a performance-enhancing drug test for the stimulant clenbuterol. So Golovkin battered Vanes Martirosyan in Carson, California instead, and Canelo was then handed a six-month suspension – boxing’s way of slapping their biggest star on the wrists.
With the ban up in September, right in time for Mexican Independence Day, Canelo will soon be free to fight, and will soon be on the hunt for opponents. The obvious one may not be the chosen one, however.