The Sportsbook of boxing was on display when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced off against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on September 16, 2017. However, an unsatisfying draw means we need to run it back. GGG is being pegged as the -160 favorite with Canelo coming back at +130 for the rematch.
The rematch – which will take place on September 15, 2018 – was originally booked to take place on Cinco de Mayo weekend earlier this year. However, that bout was canceled after Alvarez withdrew following a positive test for traces of Clenbuterol.
Why We Need GGG vs Canelo 2
The first fight between GGG and Canelo was a master class of boxing. GGG’s suffocating pressure and constant jab was met by Canelo’s footwork and counters, supplying fans with a thrill ride of a fight.
However, neither man was able to separate himself enough from his opponent and the fight ultimately ended up a draw. Though a draw seemed perfectly acceptable – in my mind – it was the scorecard of Adalaide Byrd that caused a maelstrom of fury from boxing fans after the bout. The judges had it 115-113 for GGG, 114-114 for a draw and Byrd had the fight 118-110 for Canelo.
But, we move forward and the show must go on. There was little doubt that GGG and Canelo would face off again given the somewhat unsavory result. Both competitors agreed to a rematch when asked immediately after their first encounter.
Golovkin is The Favorite in the Rematch
It stands to reason that GGG opens as the fave, with many boxing fans and pundits saying he won the first fight. Through the middle portion of the fight, GGG continually trapped Canelo against the ropes and gave his counterpart little room to breathe. GGG seemed to push the pace for the bulk of the fight and even though Canelo came out strong and closed strong, it seemed to many that the Kazakhstani won the bout.
As much as it is easy to talk about the controversial decision, boxing fans should be looking forward to the rematch between GGG and Canelo. Both men displayed amazing boxing IQ, heart and desire when they first met – and we should expect even more of that the second time around.
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Odds as of September 15 at Sportsbook