Ahead of the massive boxing rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, Ray Flores, ring announcer for Premier Boxing Champions, and longtime boxing personality Angelo Reyes sat down to discuss what this fight means for boxing fans. The outcome might not be as positive as we all think.
On the SFLC Podcast, both Flores and Reyes cited Alvarez’s actions prior to the match making this fight feel “dirty.” This fight was originally slated for May 5 but due to Alvarez testing positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, the fighter was suspended. But that may have been just the tip of the iceberg for what came next.
“Instead of admitting that he did wrong and fessing up to the public and saying ‘it was my bad, I’m in charge of what comes into my body’ he blamed it on tainted meat,” Flores stated.
“Canelo Alvarez is sounding like an arrogant, spoiled and very much dismissive of the public. I think [next month] it will be so largely in favor of Golovkin that Canelo Alvarez does not realize how much he has done to his reputation,” Flores insisted.
Reyes, who has also spent a significant time training several MMA fighters found it hard to disagree with anything Flores was saying. He even likened the fight to another mega-fight coming up in October when Conor McGregor returns in hopes of reclaiming his belt against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Everybody is talking about the Conor McGregor-Khabib fight, it’s going to do massive numbers,” Reyes said.
“In all honesty, I think Conor did a lot to hurt himself and that I don’t know how many people will care, overall, about a Khabib versus Conor fight, and that’s kind of what happened with Canelo-Golovkin,” he continued.
But can a good fight from Alvarez win back a fan base that may have depleted since the last time these two were in the same ring? Reyes thinks it may need to start there.
“Boxing is still at a grassroots level and you have to be a champion of the people,” Reyes insisted.
Regardless of the outcome, this fight will surely have huge implications when the two look to settle the score at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, NV Saturday night.