Mitchell backs GGG to stop Alvarez
Champ expected to break Canelo down
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.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin face off at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Tuesday.