Showtime Boxing Analyst Predicts Canelo Alvarez/GGG Rematch

Steve Farhood doesn't see the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch ending in another draw

Ferrall On The Bench
October 30, 2018 - 7:30 am

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Showtime Boxing’s Steve Farhood dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss several upcoming boxing matches, including the Canelo/GGG rematch Sept. 15 in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2) and Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1) squared off in September 2017, with the bout ending in a split draw. 

“I scored it even,” Farhood said on Ferrall on the Bench. “If you held a gun to my head and said you have to pick a winner, I would have picked Golovkin, but I did score it even. I just think Canelo has a little bit of an advantage here.”

The original rematch was slated for May 5 but was canceled after Alvarez failed a drug test.

“The delay (doesn’t) help Golovkin,” Farhood said. ‘He’s the older fighter, and I just think that Canelo has more to gain from the first fight. I think he’s learned a little bit that he’s going to fight at a little faster pace and he’s got a very good chance. He’s not necessarily the harder puncher, but he punches hard enough. I feel Golvokin might be starting to show some signs of getting a little old, a little rusty maybe, too. I favor Canleo on points.”

Scott Ferrall was surprised to hear that. He thought Golovkin, 36, defeated Alvarez, 28, last year.

“It was kind of a weird fight in terms of the pace,” Farhood said. “Canelo would score and then back off, and Golovkin would back him up with the jab. I think Canelo understands that he needs more of a consistent effort. I do feel that it’s not so much Canelo maybe getting better, but it might be Golovkin coming down a little bit – because he had like 20 defenses where he knocked everybody out, but they weren’t big names. Then he fights Danny Jacobs and then he fights Canelo and he just was not as dominant. 

“I don’t want to say that he’s overrated,” Farhood continued. “I think he's a tremendous fighter and a tremendous puncher. But his time may have come and gone. I just don’t see him fighting better than he did the first time, where I think Canelo might be able to fight better.”

Click below to hear Farhood’s analysis of Saturday’s bout between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.