Why Canelo is on our front cover
Why Canelo is on our front cover
SOME of you will be frustrated to see Canelo on the cover, no doubt. The failed drugs test left a bad taste that is hard to shift. I would have been delighted to see him suspended for longer, if the authorities had taken a stand and sent out the right message, irrespective of why Canelo had an illegal substance in his system.
To merely postpone a careerhigh payday for six months while a knee injury is repaired highlighted the sport’s shortcomings when it comes to the issue of performance enhancing drugs. Still we don’t know why or where the Mexican ingested contaminated meat, yet we’re supposed to accept that’s what happened. The subsequent hair sample test triggered more questions than answers.
But the rematch with Gennady Golovkin has now been sealed and will happen on September 15. At Boxing News, we cannot ignore that because we believe Canelo should not yet be allowed to return.
Just because he’s on the cover doesn’t mean all is forgotten. It merely means that I believe, in my role as editor, a cover featuring Canelo and GGG is the biggest news in boxing at the moment.
Last year, the faces of Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor graced the front page four times. Four times when the whole boxing world was talking about them. When the fight was on the brink of being signed, during the infamous press conference tour, immediately before the contest and immediately afterwards. Not one of those covers was an endorsement of the farcical bout, it was a nod to the content and opinion inside. Content and opinion that slammed the fight from start to finish. Yet while out in Las Vegas, doing my job and reporting on the event, I was then slammed by some on social media for my hypocrisy. How dare I write beforehand that something is going to be bad then have the audacity to go out and write about what actually transpired. But surely we have a duty to report on the news, whether we like what we’re reporting on or not.
It’s the same reason why newspapers and magazines may put the escapades of Donald Trump on their covers. It’s why news bulletins will lead with his actions. It’s not an endorsement of his behaviour, often quite the opposite, but if they were to ignore him, he would not go away nor would it make his actions any less real. News agencies, like the papers, like Boxing News, have to report on the news otherwise they are not doing their job. Unfortunately, not all news is news we’re pleased with. That’s just the way the world is, the way it’s always been and always will be. And increasingly, if you’re to champion the good of boxing you also have to acknowledge the bad. Because the bad will not just disappear if you don’t.
I would rather have seen Golovkin embrace the challenge of Billy Joe Saunders who has been treated badly throughout this saga. I would rather Golovkin chased a rematch with Danny Jacobs. Both are more deserving than Canelo by a considerable distance.
Bottom line, though. Canelo is fighting GGG in a bout that will be the biggest of the year. A contest far more enticing than Mayweather-mcgregor yet another born from chaos and confusion nonetheless. And one we will endeavour to cover as honestly as we can, just like always.
However, every time we mention the fight, should we constantly condemn it? As stated, the failed drug test should not be forgotten, but do you, the reader, always our priority, want to read over and over again that Canelo failed a test and the fight should not be happening? While we don’t agree with the ruling that he’s allowed to return so quickly, there must also come a point where we have to accept that he is back and he is one-half of the year’s biggest contest.
Whatever happens before, during and after the bout, whether we’re granted accreditation or not, we will continue to write from the heart. And Boxing News will never stop striving to be a sane voice in a mad, mad world.
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ALL SMILES: Earlier in the year, before news of Canelo’s positive test broke