By Randy De La O
I wrote this a couple of days ago and still believe it.
"I believe this fight will be judged not on size but on attrition and the ability to handle adversity. The fighter that can impose his will on the other will win the fight."
That is exactly how the fight played out. Canelo fought a good fight and Chavez, as has been proven before, could not handle adversity.
Whatever Chavez' game plan was went out the window as soon as the fight started. He should have fought tall, instead he chose to bring himself down to Canelo's height and make himself an easy target. Not that it would have made a difference.
The fight was not a sham but it was a travesty. Still, Canelo did his part. Don't blame him.
Next up is GGG and I'll be rooting for Canelo.
Regarding Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin: As we found out last night, talk is cheap; whether it's a fighter, the writers or the fans. Talk is Cheap!
Both men will be facing the best when they step into the ring in September. That is an undeniable fact. I don't give GGG and more respect than I give Canelo.
More than anything else I want to see a genuine fight worthy of the title "Super Fight" If that happens in it's purest form then we all win!
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
There is a part of me that has a deep empathy and sympathy for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He suffers from the same malady that Marvis Frazier did. He is the son of a boxing legend! Not just the son of a former boxer but the son of a legend. How do you deal with that? How do you live up to that?
You cannot create another Julio Cesar Chavez any more than you can create another Woodstock. It happens by itself and with whomever the fates decide it will be.
The difference between Marvis' burden and Chavez' is this: The American public understood this and watched Marvis doing his damnedest to make his father proud. We knew he would rather die than let his father down. We understood his plight.
Chavez' burden on the surface is similar but he was dealing with an unsympathetic public in Mexican fight fans. In a country that prides itself on machismo and manly culture they demanded that he fill his father's shoes. It was an impossible task for junior. He was doomed to fail.
All the reports that have been written on his pitiful and disgraceful training habits bear this out. His heart was not in boxing. He tried and it's to his credit that he has gone as far as he did.
It's time for the father to tell the son “Son, it's okay, you don't need to do this anymore. I love you no matter what you do. It's time to stop now”. Maybe he's been waiting for those words all his life. I have no way of knowing if any of this is true or not but it's my educated guess.
But if it is true then it's time for junior to reassess his role as a son, as a man and as a fighter because when it is all said and done it's his life. He owes no one a career in the ring. There is no shame in not being a boxer. It's not for everybody any more than being a football player is. The shame is never taking charge of your own destiny.
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