Mitchell backs GGG to stop Al­varez

Champ ex­pected to break Canelo down

Sowetan - - Sport - By Bon­gani Ma­gasela

Undis­puted mid­dleweight cham­pion Gen­nady “GGG” Golovkin will re­tain his WBC, WBA Su­per, IBF and IBO mid­dleweight belts against Saul “Canelo” Al­varez on Sun­day morn­ing, says for­mer WBA and IBF ju­nior light­weight cham­pion Brian Mitchell.

Golovkin, from Kaza­khstan, and his Mex­i­can op­po­nent will meet in the bout dubbed “Supremacy” at T-Mo­bile Arena, Las Ve­gas. It will head­line a bill that will be or­gan­ised by Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions.

While HBO, the big­gest Amer­i­can ca­ble net­work, will present it live on its payper-view plat­form, Su­perS­port2 will cross over to the venue at 2am for the un­der­card ac­tion.

“Golovkin will win the fight with a late round stop­page,” pre­dicted Mitchell, who gave live com­men­tary on Su­perS­port when Golovkin stopped Martin Mur­ray in Monte Carlo in 2015.

This bout has per­co­lated for two years but the two com­bat­ants will fi­nally bring their skills to the ring, with the globe-trot­ting Kaza­khstani fight­ing in the world’s big­gest fight city for the first time.

Al­varez has be­come a reg­u­lar in Las Ve­gas and will also be boosted by the fight tak­ing place on Mex­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day week­end.

“Canelo is a bril­liant fighter and he comes for­ward most of the time. That will bother Golovkin in the early rounds. Canelo also has hand speed but Golovkin will hurt him in the later rounds,” said Mitchell.

“[For] sheer power, Golovkin is the guy, so I think he will break Canelo down in later rounds. Golovkin will take over with his bril­liant body punches.”

Golovkin, 35, re­mains un­de­feated af­ter 37 fights with 33 knock­outs while 27-yearold Al­varez has 49 wins (34 KOs) against a loss to Floyd May­weather.

/ ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IM­AGES

Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez, left, and Gen­nady Golovkin face off at MGM Grand Ho­tel in Las Ve­gas on Tues­day.

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