Ti­tle show­down set to be a clas­sic

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Las Ve­gas

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

Pic­ture: 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.

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