TWELVE rounds. Adalaide Byrd. Scorecards. A draw. A rematch. A failed drug test. Clenbuterol. What’s clenbuterol? Contamination. Mexican cows. A second failed drug test. Will it? Won’t it? It can’t. Fight’s off. Slap on wrists. Six months. Mexican independence weekend. Hair sample. Negative. Fight’s moved. Vanes Martirosyan. Two rounds. No chance, drug cheat. Billy Joe Saunders. August 25. No deal. We have a deal. September 15. Golovkin vs. Alvarez II.
The order might not be entirely accurate but that’s the Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez soap opera in a nutshell. More chaotic and mind-numbing in reality and in real time than it seems in 70 words, the saga is probably only halfway through and part two of it, it was announced yesterday (June 13), will go down on September 15, somewhere in Las Vegas.
The news, in the end, came as a relief to many. It came as a relief to the promoters, who have stood by Canelo throughout the entire process, and would like to make an obscene amount of money from his next fight, and it came as a relief to the fighters, for they too would like to capitalise on this dirtiest of boxing rivalries.