BOXING

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There shouldn’t be many sur­prises. And there will certainly be no ex­cuses.

“My men­tal­ity is 100 per­cent to win,” Al­varez said. “Every night be­fore I go to bed I vi­su­al­ize a knock­out.”

Al­varez has been on the big stage be­fore. He and May­weather de­liv­ered more than 2 mil­lion pay-per-view buys in their fight, and he has con­sis­tently drawn big crowds and big tele­vi­sion num­bers over the last five years.

He’s done beer com­mer­cials with Sylvester Stal­lone, col­lected multi-mil­lion dol­lar purses, and es­tab­lished him­self as the latest in a long suc­ces­sion of ag­gres­sive Mex­i­can fight­ers.

If he can beat Golovkin — and he’s a slight un­der­dog — he’ll have a hand­ful of cham­pi­onship belts and a sig­na­ture win that will res­onate through­out the sport. It’s some­thing he thought would hap­pen if he beat May­weather, but at 23, he wasn’t ready for the de­fen­sive master.

“Most def­i­nitely I was too young and it showed,” Al­varez said through an in­ter­preter. “I don’t take it to­day as a de­feat but as an ex­pe­ri­ence. I learned a lot from that fight.”

In Golovkin, Al­varez will be fight­ing a boxer who hasn’t lost since the gold medal match in the 2004 Olympics. He’ll also

be fac­ing a slug­ger who has 33 knock­outs in 37 fights and is de­fend­ing his mid­dleweight ti­tles for the 19th time.

But Golovkin looked some­what vul­ner­a­ble in his last fight, where he went 12 rounds with Danny Ja­cobs. He won, but the fight that may have con­vinced De La Hoya to risk his most mar­ketable fighter against Triple G.

No one on ei­ther side ex­pects it to be easy.

“He has a very ag­gres­sive style. He comes to search and de­stroy and he comes in search of a knock­out,” Al­varez said. “You know me, I don’t back down. I’m a counter puncher and I like to fight. It has all the in­gre­di­ents to be one of the best fights ever.”

Whether the fight will de­liver the clas­sic ev­ery­one ex­pects re­mains to be seen. But it has brought talk of great mid­dleweight fights from the 1980s, in­clud­ing Tommy Hearns ver­sus Mar­velous Marvin Ha­gler and Ha­gler against Sugar Ray Leonard.

Leonard posted a video on Twit­ter this week giv­ing his thoughts on the out­come.

“I give a slight edge to Triple G be­cause of his sheer punch­ing power with both hands,” Leonard said. “Canelo has to fight the best fight of his life, just like when I fought Ha­gler. I had to be tech­ni­cally sharp, strate­gi­cally sharp and smart.”

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