This weekend we experienced a masterclass performance by both Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the second time. A fight with huge anticipation and a mutual grudge between fighters, leaving fans in boxing heaven.
Unfortunately for many boxing fans this fight as well as others before this has been shadowed by the result. Some may say GGG was robbed, some may say it was a close fight and some may say on a different promotion fair judging would have been ruled.
Nevertheless, Canelo put up a great fight and really did go ‘toe-to-toe’ with Golovkin. Although sports fans may have forgotten Canelo was testing positive for banned substance Clenbuterol 7 months ago. Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid but has similarities in promoting muscle mass. Despite the fact of cheating, Nevada Athletic Commission only issued Canelo a 6-month ban; due to contaminated meat from Mexico.
Former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew commented on Canelo’s ban saying;
“I’ve heard this contaminated meat defence… it’s a good alibi, but Canelo would have to eat about five kilos of contaminated meat for that to happen.”
He also made a strong valid point in saying;
“This is a sport where we punch each other in the head as hard as we can. If one guy has an illegal advantage over the other, it’s not only unfair, it’s dangerous.“
Throughout the fruition of boxing, we have seen the likes of many promoters protect their cash-cows at any cost; fixing matches, paying-off referee's and hiding/dismissing positive drug test. In order for these promoters to cash out big on their fighters, they would go to all ends to bend the rules for them. The ugly side of boxing we as fans don't often see; some promoters will pay fighters peanuts because their following is a minimum or they cannot simply sell tickets. When did boxer's become a salesman and marketing specialist? What happened to just worrying about who is standing across the ring from you?
This once beautiful sport saw the rise of great champions and contenders but unfortunately now for the likes of fighters like Golovkin, Kovalev and Cotto; their not just entering the ring to fight another boxer, they have to be conscious of the referee’s for stepping in too early. The judges making unfair scoring and the performance enhancements that give opponents a dangerous edge.
A sport that is simply tainted.