As fans piled out of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last night, they were very upset and screaming for their money back. The fans being upset is one thing but even all the media outlets, from the commentators who called the fight, all the way to the studios of ESPN, were very critical of the fight that just ended. Oscar De La Hoya was praising this fight to be one of the greatest battles for the pride of Mexico. What we actually got was short of a good sparring session. In between rounds, Canelo Alvarez never even sat on the stool. Instead, he stood up all twelve rounds and when asked after the fight through his own admittance he said “that’s what we do in sparring.”
Almost all of the blame should be placed on the shoulders Chavez Jr. Canelo came to fight and put on a devastating display of power and skill. After all, Canelo was fighting at the heaviest weight in his career. It was that fact that turned the betting public to the side of Chavez Jr. The odds early on for this fight were as high as 12 to 1 but went all the way to 3.5 to 1 after Friday night’s weigh in. It was the publics belief that if Chavez made the weight then he had more than just a fighting chance. Chavez must have had other plans because instead of fighting, he simply survived. He was never in the fight even when he had Canelo tied up against the ropes, he would get hit and back off. You could also give some of the blame to Nacho Bernstein. His game plan seemed to not fit Chavez at all. His plan to outbox Canelo is extremely laughable. Everything went against Junior last night including his father and the Mexican fans.
Now let’s draw our attention to Canelo’s side in this whole disaster. Golden Boy made this fight because one could not be made with Gennady Golovkin. This fight was suppose to serve notice to Golovkin that he is in fact the A side in that fight. In boxing, the business part should take backstage to the actually fighting. I have no problem with a fighter winning a fight then calling out another person. This happens all the time and is a normal part of the fight game. Instead, what Golden Boy did after the fight was both tasteless and a red flag on what we all just went through. They not only brought Golovkin into the ring but allowed him to make an entrance. The big screen played a demo of him as if we were about to see the fight right away. Golovkin entered the ring in full business mode all suited up in a three piece and the next fight was announced right there on the spot. That is what the world has been waiting for but the fight we just witnessed still left a bad taste in our mouths. Golovkin skipping his next fight to wait for a bigger bout in September all but tells us this fight was made weeks before last night. With all that being said, shame on all parties involved. Let’s just hope we get a discount in September but I wouldn’t hold my breath.