Virgil Hunter: Canelo Has No Way Out, Must Face Golovkin Again

Veteran trainer Virgil Hunter, best known for handling the entire career of the recently retired Andre Ward, says Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) has to set the record straight by facing IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) in a rematch.

Canelo and Golovkin fought to a controversial twelve round draw last month at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

There is an immediate rematch clause that Canelo can exercise any moment, but it appears that both sides want a second fight to take place.


Hunter watched the fight and saw Golovkin winning - eight rounds to four.

But he doesn't have a major problem with the contest become a twelve round draw.

"I had Golovkin winning the fight. If I’m not mistaken, I had it 116-112. I had Golovkin winning the fight. I thought Alvarez fought well but I thought he fought in spurts. I thought Golovkin pretty much made the fight, but it was a great fight. A draw is acceptable if everybody can’t come to the conclusion of who won. There’s always a rematch to sort it out and find out who really won," Hunter told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

There are ongoing discussions to have the rematch take place in May 2018.

Hunter believes the rematch will take place, next. He says Canelo would take a lot of heat if he passed on GGG and instead fought another opponent.

In his opinion, Canelo's back is against the wall and based on the overall circumstances he must face Golovkin next. 

"I expect them to fight each other next, that’s what they should do — I know Golovkin wants it. If Canelo went off to fight somebody else, I don’t think that would be received well, based on his great performance and also based on the fact that there’s really no way out for him other than to take the rematch. Unless Canelo wants to be criticized, there’s no reason for him not to take the fight. I expect to see a rematch and hopefully we can get a clear and concise winner on paper in that match," Hunter said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IlikeBikeTython on 10-30-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18127203]118-110 is why most Canelo fans boo'd. Mexicans are not fools. And dont ever RESPECT fake wins or draws. Maybe Andre Dirrel's entire family does but we dont.[/QUOTE] I don’t know how things go in these forums, such as what…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18126892]Totally agree, I just think that 118-110 scorecard really put a bad taste in people's mouths. The rematch should be epic![/QUOTE] 118-110 is why most Canelo fans boo'd. Mexicans are not fools. And dont ever RESPECT fake wins or draws.…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18124864]I know 7-5 is still a win. I'm just saying it wasn't a land slide either way. This fight has to have a rematch![/QUOTE] Totally agree, I just think that 118-110 scorecard really put a bad taste in people's mouths.…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18124639]7-5 is still a win dude, and GGG landed a punch just as solid as that uppercut, both these guys got heart and solid chins. Rematch and it's settled I say.[/QUOTE] I know 7-5 is still a win. I'm just…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18118664]BS on your 99.5% had GGG winning 8-4. Your lying. Most had 7-5. Canelo landed the cleaner and better punches. That uppercut almost took ggg head off!! This guy didnt even watch the fight. And if you did it must…

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