Al­varez Golovkin eye boxing his­tory

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LAS VE­GAS (AFP) – Now that the Floyd May­weather-Conor McGre­gor cir­cus has left town, at­ten­tion shifts to Gen­nady Golovkin and Canelo Al­varez and their show­down for mid­dleweight boxing supremacy.

For those who were dis­ap­pointed by last month’s so-called su­per­fight be­tween a boxer and a UFC fighter that was staged be­fore a less-than ca­pac­ity crowd, Satur­day’s sold out world ti­tle con­test at the same T-Mo­bile Arena will be wel­come change.

Kaza­khstan’s three-belt cham­pion Golovkin against Mex­ico’s big­gest star Al­varez is one of the most an­tic­i­pated fights in years, fea­tur­ing the most explosive fight­ers in the di­vi­sion.

“This is a fight boxing can be proud of. It is boxing’s big­gest fight. It is a fight for his­tory,’’ said Golovkin.

Most peo­ple don’t think this will go the dis­tance as both fight­ers are skilled ring­mas­ters and have the abil­ity to de­liver knock­out blows when the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self.

They both pre­fer to do their talk­ing with their fists and their fight was al­ways a mat­ter not of if, but when, as they need each other to val­i­date their places in boxing his­tory.

Golovkin, who will be mak­ing his Las Ve­gas de­but, has fought his en­tire ca­reer at 160 pounds (72.5 kg) while Al­varez, 27, fought just once above 155 – in his last fight against Julio Ce­sar Chavez Jr.

The un­de­feated Golovkin, whose World Boxing Coun­cil, World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion and In­ter­na­tional Boxing Fed­er­a­tion ti­tles will be on the line, said he is ex­pect­ing the tough­est fight of his ca­reer against a boxer six years his ju­nior.

“This is my big­gest fight,’’ he said. “I worked hard to be­come of cham­pion of the world. I worked hard with Abel (trainer Sanchez) to stay cham­pion of the world.’’

Al­varez also ex­pects a dif­fi­cult fight.

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