Day of reck­on­ing for Golovkin, Al­varez

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE -

LAS VE­GAS - Canelo Al­varez and Gen­nady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena then came face-to-face for the cam­eras, 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 160-pound (72.5 kg) mid­dleweight limit for Satur­day's world ti­tle fight (Sun­day Phl time) 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 sold­out 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 weighin, chant­ing and sign­ing along with a neatly-at­tired Mari­achi band.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Box­ers Canelo Al­varez (L) and Gen­nady Golovkin (R) pose dur­ing their weigh-in at the MGM Grand Ho­tel & Casino in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada. Al­varez will chal­lenge WBC, WBA and IBF mid­dleweight champion Gen­nady Golovkin for his ti­tles to­day at T-Mo­bile Arena in Las Ve­gas.

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