Opinion | Sep 22 2016

Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin is no closer, but all is not lost

There are other things to celebrate outside of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin
Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward undercard
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SINCE their respective wins over the past couple of weekends, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will both have read and heard plenty of talk, from fans and media alike, about how they must now fight each other.

That is absolutely right – they should fight each other as soon as possible. In fact, they should have already fought each other at least once and we could be talking about a potential rematch by this point.

However they haven’t and, according to the rhetoric from their teams, a deal for the biggest fight in the sport isn’t close to being struck. The public response to this reality has, quite rightfully, been condemning. What is slightly off the mark is how some observors view the Canelo-Golovkin scenario as a microcosm of everything that is wrong with boxing, that because these two superstars have not yet fought, boxing is a sinking ship.