Sunday Sermon: The Gods Walk Among Us

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Corinthians 4:7

Canelo Alvarez Vs Gennady Golovkin 

Fighters before and fighters now, are held to a gladiator like persona. From David and Goliath to The Romans, mankind has always been about battle and war. Gladiators fought each other, criminals and even animals at times. They shed blood for pride, ego and entertainment, for life, family and survival. Nothing has changed over the years and boxing is the epitome of life, yesterday and today.

There’s nothing quite like a mega fight atmosphere. In team sports, you prepare together over a long period of time or season. By the time the post-season comes around, the nerves and jitters of the game have been washed away from the 16, 82 or 162 games that have already been played. In other sports like golf or tennis, major tournaments are played in rounds with numerous tournaments already completed before hand.

In boxing, it’s usually 8 weeks spent in seclusion, away from your family and the world. The dressing room wait, the ring walk and the introductions jitters cannot not be matched in any other sport. You see, boxing is a lonely, cold world. It’s one night, there is no “we’ll get them tomorrow” or “next time”, tomorrow or next isn’t promised in boxing.

And when that bells rings, it’s just you inside that ring – alone.

Now imagine that moment having been a year in the making. A year of the media asking you the same questions over and over. A year filled with controversy, emotions and back and forth shit-talking that can only be found in boxing. Now imagine, a year before you were in the same position, trying to physically beat the living hell out of each other. And after 12 rounds you were told you didn’t do enough, even though, both gentlemen, believe they did more than enough to have their hands raised in victory.

When Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin step through the ropes on September 15th, it’s more than boxing that’s on the line. There’s a pure hatred brewing between both individuals. For years, the initial meeting marinated and it produced a result that neither was satisfied with. And with only 2 weeks left before they encounter each other, everything is personal. There’s a genuine dislike that doesn’t appear fake or comes with a WWE type built in storyline.

They hate each other, blood and defeat are the only two outcomes they desire.

Although they will pocket 10 figures each, I believe the money will be a secondary relief for the winner. The winner will undoubtedly become the face of the sport. Look, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence are very talented fighters but no one’s throwing a Super Bowl like party for either fighter, even if they are fighting each other. Although Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua is a highly anticipated fight, it doesn’t cross over to the population of sports fans that rarely watch the sport of boxing. Canelo-GGG does and the million PPV buys will prove it.

Their first fight was everything you could ask for. Two highly-skilled fighters, both at the peak of their prime, although you could probably argue against GGG being in his prime, trading heavy blow for blow. The rematch is playing out like a Rocky movie, controversy with a trainer and promoter talking more than the fighters. The anticipation from the fight fans is growing day by day, country vs country, men vs women, this is why boxing is one of the most loved pastimes of sporting events.

Mankind was built on hunting, survival and blood shed. Boxing may never reach the pinnacle it did in the 70’s and 80’s but there’s a reason why it will always stay relevant. People gravitate towards violence and are driven by the impact and aftermath of a head on crash. We thrive on the adrenaline of roller coasters, bungy jumping, drag racing, sex, drugs and rock and roll.

For Canelo and Golovkin its just another night on the clock. For boxing fans, it’s their chance to cheer enthusiastically for blood, pain and violence. For the older generations, they get to relive their golden years. For us young bucks, we get to share the event with our children hoping to pass on the passion and love for the sport we hold a deep rooted spot in our hearts.

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