Canelo v Golovkin…..who would win?

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez v Gennady “GGG” Golovkin…………………will they ever fight? if so who wins?

I’ll let you know what I think the answers to those questions are at the end of the blog.

I watched Canelo beat England’s Liam Smith the other week in Dallas via PPV. I was impressed with his performance. I thought Smith fought a great fight and never took a backward step but Canelo moved really well and didn’t waste too many punches. He slipped a lot of inside shots that Smith tried to get through with and countered very well indeed. I’ve watched Canelo fight many times and I’ve not been that taken aback by how brilliant he was. Sure he always hit hard and had a great chin but in a way I think we may have been conned by him and his team.

At the moment he’s basically a super middleweight (and very close to light heavyweight) fighting light middleweight. Rumors persist that on fight night he’s weighing in at around 180lbs, 26lbs over the weigh in limit at Light middleweight!!!Some of his recent opponents will be 20lbs lighter or more when the bell goes. That’s ridiculous but under the current rules it’s legal and Canelo and his team are taking full advantage of the mockery that is boxing weights.

Watching him fight Smith it was just plain to see that Canelo was miles bigger than Smith, this massive size advantage gives him more punch power and also allows him to take punches better. Smith caught him with some decent shots and Canelo never flinched which eventually broke Smith’s heart and from the 6th onwards it was all one way traffic.

He’s fought at middleweight but now seems happy weighing in against the smaller fella’s to make him appear to be invincible, which at the moment he does. His only loss came against the genius of Mayweather who boxed him to death at light middleweight.

So comes the question of whether he will ever take the risk of fighting Gennady Golovkin.

I don’t think Canelo wants to fight GGG but I think he’ll have to.

He’s happy to keep the gravy train running while fighting the little guys who are moving up. 50,000 watched the fight in the Cowboys stadium against Smith with 100m others watching on TV, mostly all Mexicans. He’s making a lot of money while not taking big risks (although for me anyone getting into a boxing ring is taking a big risk!).

Golovkin didn’t look at his best in beating Kell Brook but still showed glimpses of the incredible power he has which is scaring the heck out of Canelo!

If they do meet who do I think will win?

If they were both guaranteed to weigh in at no more than 165lbs then I would go for Golovkin but Canelo will fight at 180lbs or more and that will mean the thunderous power of GGG might not have the same effect it’s been having on fighters coming in at 165lbs or less when the bell goes. Obviously GGG may opt to pile on more weight to gain even more power but this will slow him down and this won’t do him any favors as he already appears ponderous at times.

Therefore I’d go for a Canelo points victory. I believe both men will be able to absorb their opponents shots and Canelo being the slightly slicker boxer will sneak a win.

Let me know what you think would happen.


The Greatest

Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday at the age of 74.

I was watching TV when there was a news flash that interrupted the TV show. I’d read a couple of hours earlier that Ali had been admitted to a hospital with breathing problems so for some reason I just knew what was coming in the news flash but when the newsreader said the words “Muhammad Ali is dead at 74” it didn’t quite register.

A couple of moments later I could feel my eyes filling up with tears when the magnitude of the news hit me. The world had lost one of it’s biggest ever icons. All of a sudden the world had changed. It might sound dramatic but that’s how it felt to me.

Ali will leave behind an incredible legacy. He was the greatest sportsman the world has ever seen. He was an amazing athlete, but he also had charisma, looks, humor, incredible self belief, immense courage and an unparalleled will to succeed.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr he would later convert to Islam and change his name to Muhammad Ali.

Outside of the ring he was a man of conviction and incredible courage even though some of his views during the 60’s and 70’s were controversial and divided opinion. He did inspire Americans to rethink their views on the Vietnam war after refusing to serve in the American Military during the conflict as he believed the war was unjust. The Authorities actually sentenced him to 5 years in prison. The sentence was revoked but he was banned from boxing between 1967 and 1970. Because of this the world missed out on seeing Ali box during what would’ve been his prime but when asked in later life if he would change anything he said he wouldn’t. His views and beliefs mellowed somewhat with age and he became by all accounts the most generous and loving man you could wish to meet. They say he would treat a beggar with the same respect that he would show to a monarch. He was just a very special human being of the likes we might never see again.

As a boxer he was sensational. For a big man he had incredibly fast feet and hands and very rarely wasted a punch. He had a granite chin and the heart of a lion. Technically he wasn’t text book. He had low hands, didn’t plant his feet to gain power and was susceptible to a left hook but that’s just semantics, the man was simply brilliant. He was also one the first to use “mind games” in sport to upset his opponents in the build up to fights. He would make some fighters so angry via verbal taunts in the lead up that they would literally abandon their game plan and thus lose the fight.

An Olympic gold medalist in 1960, he first fought for the Heavyweight title as a 22 year old Cassius Clay when he defeated the seemingly unbeatable Sonny Liston. In his own words “he shook up the world” and would continue to shake it up for years to come.

Despite the lost years from 67-70 he still became the first 3 time Heavyweight champion of the world. The 3 fights with Joe Frazier were legendary with Ali winning the trilogy 2-1 but perhaps the most famous of Ali’s fights was the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” when he fought George Foreman in Zaire. Foreman was deemed unbeatable just like Sonny Liston had been 10 years earlier but while the rest of the world believed this, Ali didn’t. He got inside Foreman’s head in the lead up to the fight and then during the fight he adopted the so called “Rope a dope” where he sat on the ropes for 7 and a half rounds and let Foreman literally tire himself out before unleashing a flurry of counter punches which knocked Foreman out in the 8th round.

He should have retired after the foreman fight but he enjoyed the fight game too much and so carried on another 7 years. During those 7 years there were some good performances but Ali was never quite the same and the world watched on in sadness when he fought the brilliant Larry Holmes in 1981. I can remember watching it on TV with my dad and asking if this is the great Muhammad Ali because he was getting battered. His reflexes had gone and he took too many punches that day despite Holmes not unleashing his full repertoire that I think he would have on any other fighter. Ali was Holmes’ hero and it must have been hard for him but he had a job to do so can’t be blamed.

Parkinson’s was diagnosed in 1984 and every subsequent TV appearance would show the degenerative disease getting worse and worse as the years passed on.

In 1996 Ali emerged in the Olympic stadium in Atlanta to light the Olympic torch. It was a moment that will go down in history and I’m pretty sure every person who witnessed that moment either in the stadium or watching on TV shed a tear or two as the great man completed his task despite shaking badly due to his disease.

The last time he was seen on the world stage at a major sporting event was the 2012 London Olympics where he appeared very frail.

Doctors have said his final year was a tough one for Ali.

I feel privileged to have lived at a time that he did. To have actually seen Ali fight would’ve been a life highlight. My Uncle Bill actually went with a group from Barnsley to watch the “Fight of the Century” between Ali and Frazier at Madison Square Garden in 1971! What an experience that must have been. I’ve always looked at Uncle Bill in awe thinking that he actually saw Ali fight!

Ali was the most famous person in the world for 5 and a half decades. Every village, town and city across the world will have heard of Muhammad Ali.

His words and actions will continue to inspire future generations. I’ve already got a picture of him with a quote on it that I will be printing off and pinning to both my sons’ bedroom walls to inspire them as they grow up.

He will be remembered forever as simply The Greatest.

Fly high Ali.

What is your greatest Ali memory?





AJ the Destroyer

Anthony Joshua became the IBF World Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night at the O2 arena in London after dethroning American Charles Martin in ruthless fashion.

Joshua stopped Martin in the second round of the title fight to justify the hype surrounding the 26 year old from London.

Joshua took the opening round by landing a couple of big shots, the Champion Martin was reluctant to come forward and thus not really getting in range to land anything.

In the second Martin again struggled to cut the distance down to land any meaningful shots. The first time he did try to come forward he was countered with a beautiful short right hand from Joshua which put the Champion on the canvas. Martin got to his feet with the count at 8 but was again caught with the same shot shortly after, the referee then stopping the fight.

It was a brilliant near punch perfect performance from Joshua who was tipped to struggle against the unbeaten south paw Martin. The calmness and efficiency Joshua showed in his first big title fight was very impressive and he could be the next global heavyweight superstar.

I personally thought Martin, 29,  looked a very limited champion. He was unbeaten coming into the fight but did not appear to have the skills to be in the same ring as the Londoner.

Joshua becomes only the fourth man to hold both the Olympic title and World Heavyweight crown at the same time joining Floyd Patterson, Leon Spinks and Muhammad Ali in the select group.

Only Spinks had fewer fights before capturing a world heavyweight crown.

Joshua is a magnificent physical specimen. Tyson Fury thinks Joshua is to bulky for a boxer but the athleticism he showed to land the right hands that put an end to the fight was beautiful to watch. Those were short and technically perfect right hands. Tyson Fury can tweet what he likes, he knows that going in with Joshua could be a world of hurt for him. He must know, like the rest of us, that Joshua is something special.

The Heavyweight division has burst into life, with the British fighters leading the way. Whatever you or I may think about Fury and his ability he is still the guy holding the main belts. With Joshua now joining him with a title and David Haye returning to the scene, British Heavyweight boxing is on cloud nine.

I really hope those 3 fighters don’t take 5 years to get it on though. They must strike while the iron is hot and put the fights together over the next 18 months. Klitschko could put a spanner in the works by beating Fury in July. Even in Fury is defeated and dethroned he will still be a lucrative opponent for Joshua. David Haye is still a very dangerous puncher but I get the feeling that Joshua will be a champion that wants to fight the best so I see that fight happening.

Lennox Lewis was the last great British Heavyweight Champion, on Saturday Anthony Joshua showed that he could well be the next.