Perhaps the best way to summarise Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's 120-108 x3 unanimous decision victory over arch nemesis Julio Cesar Chavez Junior was found in Canelo's answer as to why he chose to stand up in his corner between rounds.
"I wanted to experiment," said the Mexican superstar, who frankly 'sonned' the son of a legend in compatriot Chavez with a flawless pugilistic display. "I don't need to sit down when I'm sparring, so I told my corner I don't need to sit down in this fight."
Chavez Jr, whose performance and post-fight interview were met with widespread derision, genuinely offered less than Canelo would have faced in those same sparring sessions, and his time in the sport is now likely up.
For the 26-year-old Canelo, however, the real business is only beginning. The rumours circulating around Vegas that the Guadalajara firecracker had a 'special announcement' planned for post-fight grew louder as World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin took his seat four rows from the ring, about three seats to the side of Canelo's promoters Oscar De La Hoya and the Golden Boy crew.
Sure enough, Canelo was asked by HBO's Max Kellerman who his next opponent would be. Canelo's response sparked a chorus of Golovkin's walk-out song, Seven Nation Army, and the T-Mobile Arena went ballistic.
Golovkin, you are next, my friend!
It was all a bit WWE, but enter Golovkin nonetheless, and the baddest man on the planet - who faced his first true career test in Danny Jacobs at Madison Square Garden back in March - was quick to appease the Mexican fans by almost immediately dropping his 'big drama show' catchphrase; apologetically, perhaps, considering the shit-show they had just paid to witness.
İşte o anlar Golovkin Canelo ringde yüz yüze geldiler pic.twitter.com/xerySyJLPH
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As boxing came to terms with a legitimate mega fight in the Autumn, both men agreed the other would be their toughest test to date.
Golovkin told Canelo, "Good luck in September," to which Canelo responded:
Luck is for the mediocre, my friend!
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Breaking: Canelo Álvarez will fight Gennady Golovkin for the Middleweight Championship on September 16. pic.twitter.com/fn59LFGFE3
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