By Dan Ambrose: Canelo Alvarez hasn’t learned his lesson from his recent defeat last May at the hands of Dmitry Bivol and is STILL focusing on his time-consuming hobby, golf, rather than boxing.
WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) schooled the #1 pound-for-pound star Canelo in the worst way, dominating him from round one in one of his most straightforward victories in years.
Jean Pascal was arguably a more challenging fight for Bivol, and he also schooled him.
Canelo looked completely untrained, as if he’d spent his eight-week training camp at one of the prestigious golf courses in the U.S rather than in the gym.
With the famous superstar Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) scheduled to face his nemesis Gennadiy Golovkin in a crucial fight for his career on September 17th, you would think that he would be in the gym, working hard.
Instead, Canelo is looking forward to his next golfing event, letting his fans know about it as if that’s a sport that they have any interest in watching. Canelo might as well be alerting his fans about him entering a checkers tournament because they don’t care about his hobby.
You have to wonder at this point how much hunger the 31-year-old Canelo still has for boxing because he seems disengaged mentally from the sport, more interested in golf than the sweet science.
Golf is the sport of the wealthy, so it’s not all that surprising that Canelo, with his estimated net worth of $180 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is focused now on golf rather than boxing.
Of course, that doesn’t bode well for Canelo, with him going into what figures to be a grueling trilogy match against the still hungry Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs).
Golovkin is coming to get his pound of flesh against Alvarez, wanting revenge in the worst way after arguably being robbed twice in their first two fights.
“To all the people in New York and New Jersey🗽 see you at the @iconsseries at @libnatgolf
⛳️,” posted Canelo Alvarez on Wednesday on Twitter, letting his 2 million followers know what his focus is on this week.
Many people, Golovkin included, feel that the powerful Kazakhstan-born fighter deserved to win both fights with Canelo from 2017 to 2018.
Failing to win those fights arguably cost Golovkin millions in lost revenue that he would have had if the judges had given him the victories.
Even worse is that Golovkin has had to wait four years for Canelo to finally give him the trilogy match that he, DAZN, and the boxing public have been asking for from him.
With Canelo focused on golf instead of boxing, Golovkin has an excellent chance of getting the better of him again, making it three in a row. Let’s not fool ourselves.
That doesn’t mean Golovkin will be given the victory over Canelo because that would be asking too much. Nonetheless, GGG could look like the winner again against Alvarez, making him look bad.