On Saturday September 17, 2016 Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will fight Liam Smith for the WBO Light Middleweight Title. The fight will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Las Vegas has maintained the line on Alvarez as -1200 [12-1] favorite, meaning for every $1200 you bet, you win $100. Clearly, nobody expects this fight to be a challenge for Alvarez.
Why is this such a lopsided fight?
Ever since 2013, when Alvarez suffered his only professional loss to Floyd Mayweather, Canelo has been on a tear. His winning streak includes a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto [November 2015] and a brutal 6th round KO over Amir Khan [May 2016]. Immediately following the Khan KO, Canelo used his post fight interview to call out Triple G, Gennady Golovkin. In a move that excited fight fans everywhere, Canelo stated (through a translator) that he would "put the gloves on and fight right now". So, that was six months ago...where do we stand on Alvarez vs Golovkin?
Where are we now?
In June of 2016 it was heavily rumored that a mega fight between Golovkin and Alvarez was just around the corner. As a "pre-condition" of that fight, each fighter would have an interim fight...you know, to build up the hype. Triple G would face Kell Brook on September 10, 2016 and Canelo would face Liam Smith the following week. Golovkin has completed his obligatory tomato can fight last week [Sept 2016] after a fifth round stoppage against Kell Brook, who suffered a broken orbital socket. Canelo will be completing his portion of the deal when he takes on Liam Smith later on tonight. It has been widely publicized that this fight is in the neighborhood of being an exhibition fight. It is nothing more than a tool to showcase and celebrate Canelo on this weekend which also celebrates Mexico's Independence. It will be interesting to see the results of the PPV buys and see how much interest is generated from this fight. Typically, Mayweather would hold his bouts on highly celebrated Mexican weekends [Cinco De Mayo, Mexican Independence Day]. Mayweather would get huge PPV revenue on these weekends, but then again, it could have been because it was Floyd Mayweather.
What about the "Mega Fight"?
After last week's defeat of Kell Brook, Gennady Golovkin used his post fight interview to call out...Billy Joe Saunders? Wait...What the?...What happened to the mega fight? Analysts everywhere took to the web to let Golovkin know that "he blew it" and should have called out Alvarez again to put pressure on making this fight. Golovkin has since thrown Canelo's name back in the mix, but he has also stated that "Canelo doesn't want to fight". My theory is that Canelo is still riding high on his winning streak and doesn't want to stop the prime time money train anytime soon. But, even if he loses, they can still get another 2-3 good fights out of this, can't they? They need to learn from the mistakes made during the Mayweather/Paqcuiao promotion and make this fight sooner than later. Golovkin is already 34 years old and seeing as how rematches and #1 contender fights can easily stretch this feud out another 2-3 years, they need to strike while the iron's hot. In any case, I will most likely not be watching tonight's fight but in the off chance that I am, I will be watching for one thing only...who does Canelo call out during the post fight interview?