It's home or hos­pi­tal when Golovkin bat­tles Al­varez

Manila Bulletin - - Sports News -

LAS VE­GAS (AP) — It's the kind of fight Gen­nady Golovkin has been chas­ing from the mo­ment he walked off an air­plane six years ago to make his new home in Los An­ge­les.

It's the fight box­ing fans have been wait­ing for al­most as long.

Golovkin and Canelo Al­varez meet Satur­day night in a mid­dleweight show­down that has been brew­ing for years. They do it in their prime, and they both bring the kind of power that could make for a night that will be talked about in box­ing for years to come.

Three weeks af­ter Floyd May­weather Jr. and Conor McGre­gor met in an odd spec­ta­cle, box­ing shows off its best side in a sched­uled 12-round fight that will pay both men mil­lions and make one of them the undis­puted top 160-pounder in the world.

"It's a true fight," Golovkin said. "You can go back home or go to the hos­pi­tal. It's dan­ger­ous. Every­one un­der­stands that."

In­deed they do, which is one rea­son Golovkin has had trou­ble get­ting fight­ers in the ring with him. The fear­some slug­ger from Kaza­khstan has stopped al­most every­one put in the ring with him, win­ning all 37 of his fights, 33 by knock­out.

But Al­varez packs power, too, and the red-headed Mex­i­can is a sav- age coun­ter­puncher with a style that should match up per­fectly against the on­rush­ing Golovkin.

"I don't back down," Al­varez said. "I'm a counter puncher, and I like to fight."

The com­bi­na­tion of styles has box­ing fans sali­vat­ing over what will hap­pen in the same ring where May­weather stopped McGre­gor three weeks ago. The fight quickly sold out and is ex­pected to do well on HBO pay-per­view, though it will not reach the level of last month's spec­ta­cle.

Still, it prom­ises to be a can't miss fight that brings back mem­o­ries of the great mid­dleweights of the 1980's. Both fight­ers weighed in Fri­day at the mid­dleweight limit of 160 pounds.

Canelo Al­varez, left, and Gen­nady Golovkin pose dur­ing a weigh-in in Las Ve­gas. The two are sched­uled to fight in a mid­dleweight ti­tle fight Satur­day (Sun­day in Manila) in Las Ve­gas. (AP)

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