After Canelo Alvarez knocked out Amir Khan over the weekend to defend his World Boxing Council middleweight title, the Mexican gestured undefeated knockout artist Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan to get into the ring. Golovkin, who holds four versions of the world middleweight title, just smiled and walked away with his promoter and trainer.
While it looked like Golovkin chickened out, Alvarez knows very well the Kazakh boxer does not have any fear of getting into the ring with him.
While Golovkin has a more impressive record or 35-0 with 32 knockouts compared to the 47-1-1 with 33 knockouts of Alvarez, the Mexican has taken on better opposition like Floyd Mayweather Jr. who dealt him his only defeat, future Hall-of-Famers Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara who is one of the most underrated fighters today who he gave Alvarez his hardest fight so far.
On the part of Golovkin, his most notable opponents were David Lemieux, Willie Monroe Jr., and Marco Antonio Rubio. Although those names do not ring a bell compared to the top-tier fighters Alvarez beat, Golovkin has been beating legitimate middleweights in the last few years while the only middleweight title-holder Alvarez beat was Cotto. But then, Cotto was not yet considered a real middleweight when he fought Alvarez in November last year.
So I may have uncovered the Achilles heel of both fighters: Alvarez has yet to beat a real middleweight; and Golovkin has taken on weaker opposition. That disparity actually makes the potential fight between Alvarez and Golovkin more interesting because Alvarez will turn out to be the toughest opponent the Kazakh will be facing. On the other hand, the first real middleweight Alvarez would be facing would be Golovkin, and the Kazakh has reigned supreme in the division as proven by the four championship belts he has.
There are other disparities, like Alvarez being eight years younger than Golovkin that may prove to be an advantage for the Mexican, who has shown in fights with Lara and Cotto that he can throw punches and chase an opponent for 12 rounds.
But when it comes to the knockout power, it is very easy to conclude Golovkin has the edge given his higher knockout percentage – only three opponents survived the distance with the Kazakh while 15 made it to the distance against the Mexican, including Mayweather who was the only fighter to beat Alvarez. Also, the Golovkin has been knocking out legitimate middleweights.
So does this mean Alvarez will be Golovkin’s 33rd knockout victim?
If Alvarez was the typical Mexican fighter who didn’t care much about defense, he would easily become Golovkin’s 33rd knockout victim. But the Mexican showed in the Khan fight that he is no mindless slugger, even measuring his opponent in the first two to three rounds and letting Khan win the first few rounds.
So at this point, it’s hard to guess or even make an analysis as to who would win the Alvarez-Golovkin megabout. Don’t force me to do that because I would prefer to watch the fight (as a boxing analyst) without any preconceived notion as to who would win. But I would like to hear the debates on who would win the megabout.