Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

De La Hoya: Canelo-Golovkin Biggest Fight in Middleweight History

By Keith Idec

Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin is unquestionably big even among some of the most significant fights in middleweight championship history.

Oscar De La Hoya, a former middleweight champion whose company promotes Alvarez, went as far Tuesday as to call the Alvarez-Golovkin fight “the biggest probably” in middleweight history.

In modern boxing history, it ranks right up there, according to De La Hoya, with such legendary encounters as Hagler-Leonard, Hagler-Hearns, Hopkins-Trinidad and his own fight against Bernard Hopkins. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin has knocked out 89 percent of his opponents (37-0, 33 KOs) and will defend his IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight championships against Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), a slight underdog entering their September 16 showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View).

boxing

“By far, this is the biggest probably in the history of the middleweight division,” De La Hoya said Tuesday during a conference call to promote the fight. “I mean, obviously we have to wait for the actual fight to see what unfolds and takes place. But in terms of magnitude, in terms of PR, in terms of attention that it’s receiving, in terms of people that will be watching, yes, this has to be the biggest.

“And obviously, we will have to wait until September 16th to see if it will be the best, which I think it will be, in the history of the middleweight division. But it has all the ingredients to unfold, to be one of the best fights in the last 30 years. So, you know, obviously the indications tell us that this will be a huge blockbuster.”

Earlier during the call, Alvarez said he hopes his heavily hyped fight against Golovkin meets expectations.

“Without a doubt, this can go down as one of the best fights in history,” Alvarez said through a translator. “On paper, obviously, it’s gonna rival some of those big fights that [were] mentioned. It really depends on how the fight pans out. I’m gonna do my part to make it memorable, so it can go down in history as one of the best fights. I know that for sure. I’m gonna do my part. But it can easily be considered one of the best fights in history.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Raggamuffin on 08-11-2017

This fight can sell 100 mil ppvs and won't rank in the top 20 of best MW fights ever.

Comment by JasonBoxing on 08-11-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;17936617]Lmao at all these fake fanbois acting like fishnets is wrong about this. This is far bigger than hagler hearns as that fight wasn't as big as it shouldve been, people are so naive as to act like either fighter…

Comment by JRB123 on 08-11-2017

This is not as big as Oscar makes it out to be and that is no surprise. The thing is that I don't see much else after this fight other than a rematch. If it wasn't for Canelo's Mexican following,…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=Diego Rodriguez;17937594]Got you. Yeah maybe about the same. I think Golovkin is little bigger even here in the States (and much more worldwide) than Hops was. I don't think Canelo gets ever bigger than ODLH. But he wins and he'll…

Comment by Diego Rodriguez on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17937064]When I mean a "big" fight, I mean "popular." I don't think Canelo is as big as ODLH, although he's getting closer. If he beats GGG, that might do the trick! GGG is about the same level of popularity as…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (51)
Top Headlines Amir Khan: Retiring at The Wrong Time Would Haunt Me Dana White: After Summer - I'm Making All of My Boxing Moves Froch Believes Time is Right For Dave Allen vs. David Price Rolls Admits on Golovkin: I've Got Mount Everest Ahead of Me! Victor Ortiz Raises Hand: Willing To Do Marcos Maidana Rematch Sergey Kovalev: Facing Artur Beterbiev is a Priority For Me Danny Roman Breaks Down His Unification With TJ Doheny Joe Noynay Stops Kosuke Saka, Wins WBO Regional Belt in Osaka Andy Ruiz Confirms He is in The Mix To Face Anthony Joshua Bob Arum is Pleased, Saw Improvements in Felix Verdejo Joshua: Jarrell Miller Does Not Deserve To Be in The Ring Estrada: I Feel Very Strong, Very Fast - I'll Take Sor Rungvisai's Belt Khan: People Will Still Want To See Me Face Thurman, Pacquiao 14 Day Weights: Canelo 165.4-Pounds, Jacobs 166.8 Terence Crawford: I Felt Amir Khan Took The Easy Way Out Rolls: This Isn't A Tune-Up For Golovkin; I'm Coming to Fight! Dusty Harrison Knocks Out Fred Jenkins in Fourth Round Bilal Akkawy To Face John Ryder, Replacing Injured Lemieux McCaskill vs. Sanchez Unification Added To Usyk-Takam Card Verdejo's Coach Admits That His Boxer Did Not Fight as Expected Golovkin Disagrees With Canelo's Stance on 'Title' For Trilogy Photos: Gennady Golovkin, Steve Rolls - Face To Face in New York John Jackson Facing 15 Years, Indicted on Sexual Offense Charges Yamaguchi Falcao-Chris Pearson Lands on Facebook Watch Kash Ali Suspended For Six Months, Fined 10K For Biting Price Khan: The Fight Was 100% Turning, Crawford Was Slowing Down Regis Prograis Helping Youth As Big WBSS Fight Nears Apti Davtaev, Umar Salamov Ready For More After KO Wins Danny Garcia: I Hope I Didn't Scare Manny Pacquiao Away Commey Eyes June Return, Future Unifications - On His Terms Arum: Danny Garcia Is Not A Real Fight For Terence Crawford Terence Crawford-Amir Khan: Afterthoughts BoxingScene Championship Stats, Records: April 2019 Update Hatton: Kid Galahad To Provide Very Tough Test For Warrington McGuigan Comes To Khan's Defense in Wake of Quitter Claims Khan: I'll Always Have World Title Fights, Brook Will Be There Too Jeremiah Nakathila Wins Big, Targets Masayuki Ito Title Shot Fabio Turchi Will Now Face Sami Enbom in Florence, Italy Doheny's Dream Run Continues With Unification Against Roman Ellerbe: Arum Lost His Mind, He Talks Sh*t and Then Wants a Deal
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement