Golovkin, Al­varez make weight for block­buster show­down

Manila Times - - SPORT - Canelo Al­varez ( left) and Gen­nady Golovkin steps on the scales at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena on Satur­day. Sig­na­ture move AFP

Canelo Al­varez and Gen­nady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena then came face-to-face for the cam­eras on Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila), one day be­fore they meet in one of the most an­tic­i­pated fights in years.

Three-belt Cham­pion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weigh­ing the 160pound (72.5 kg) mid­dleweight limit for Satur­day’s world ti­tle fight against Al­varez at the T-Mo­bile Arena.

Al­varez was up next, climb­ing onto the scales in his blue shorts and reg­is­ter­ing the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the in­gre­di­ents to pro­duce a fight of the year.

“I am very happy for all the love and sup­port of these fans,” Al­varez told the crowd.“I am go­ing to give them 100 per­cent. I trained hard and I am dis­ci­plined.

“I take all this re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously and I am go­ing to give them a great fight.”

Kaza­khstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Box­ing Coun­cil, World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion, belts on the line but to the unini­ti­ated it might have seemed more like Al­varez was the champ.

Al­varez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mex­i­can crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait sev­eral min­utes on stage be­fore mak­ing his ini­tial ap­pear­ance, which was pre­ceded by a video trib­ute on the jum­botron screen.

The fight­ers, who once sparred to­gether at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, Cal­i­for­nia, then posed am­i­ca­bly dur­ing their stare­down in front of a crowd of 9,400.

That has been con­sis­tent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vit­ri­olic trash talk typ­i­cal of world ti­tle fights.

“See you to­mor­row. I have been cham­pion a long time. This is box­ing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nick­name ‘Triple G’ on Fri­day. Al­varez, who was the more stone­faced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shad­ow­boxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new sig­na­ture weigh-in move.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple stood on line for hours out­side the Grand Gar­den for the chance to see the weigh-in, chant­ing and sign­ing along with a neatly-at­tired Mari­achi band.

For many, it rep­re­sented their only hope of see­ing ei­ther fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.

Las Ve­gas con­struc­tion worker Har­vey Her­nan­dez at­tended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Al­varez has a bet­ter box­ing style.

“I am pick­ing Canelo,”the 26-year-old said.“He is bet­ter than Triple G.He is go­ing to out­class him and he is from Mex­ico.

“It won’t go the dis­tance. He is go­ing to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”

Said El-Ta­han flew all the way from Swe­den to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid hav­ing the de­ci­sion in the hands of the judges.

“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo po­lice of­fi­cer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher.

“It won’t go 12 rounds so he must fin­ish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair de­ci­sion.”

Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ven­tura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Satur­day’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the lat­est box­ing tril­ogy.

“Canelo is go­ing to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ven­tura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Gar­den arena.“Triple G is go­ing to es­tab­lish his jab and is go­ing to fin­ish him in the 11th round.

“When you study both fight­ers and you see Canelo con­sis­tently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fight­ing smaller men and now he is go­ing to come up in weight class and knock out the most dan­ger­ous fighter in that weight class.

“The dude (Golovkin) has proven him­self over and over again.Jabs win fights.Golovkin lands more jabs ac­cu­rately than any other fighter in the game.It is that sim­ple.”

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