Title showdown set to be a classic
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, tonight’s sold-out world title contest at the same T-Mobile Arena will be a 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 two most explosive fighters in the division.
Most people don’t think this will go the distance as both fighters are skilled ringmasters and have the ability to deliver knockout blows.
They both prefer to do their talking with their fists and their fight was always a matter not of if, but when.
Golovkin, who will be making his Las Vegas debut, has fought his entire career at 72.5kg while Alvarez, 27, fought just once above 64kg – 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.”
Alvarez also expects a difficult fight.
“He is the most dangerous opponent of my career, but I’m ready for him and what’s next to come,” said the former WBC and WBA super welterweight champion.
“We know that in fights, it takes two to tango. I’m ready, and you know what you’ll get from me.”
Alvarez, who is gunning for his 50th career win, is coming off a lopsided win over Chavez on May 6. He beat him by unanimous decision as all three judges scored it 120-108.
In his last fight, Golovkin outpointed Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden in New York. – AFP
BIG BOUT. Boxers Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin at their final press conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino earlier this week. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles.