Fri, Sep 14, 10:26am by Staff Writer
Boxing’s fight of 2017 is set to be replayed this weekend when Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) meets Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) for the second time at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday (AEST).
This time last year the two did battle over 12 fast paced high intensity rounds which saw the two leave the ring neither a winner or loser, with the bout judged a split draw.
Despite the verdict, many saw the reigning WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Golovkin a narrow but clear victor in the bout which left a sense of distaste with the promotion of the event for fight fans.
Since then, the rematch was booked, originally for May 5 this year, however was subsequently cancelled due to Alvarez testing positive to the banned substance clenbuterol in March. Golovkin proceeded to fight on the scheduled date against the overmatched and undersized Vanes Martirosyan, who was dispatched in 2 rounds.
The win over Martirosyan saw Golovkin equal the great Bernard Hopkins’ record of 20 consecutive middleweight world title defences.
Golovkin will head into this weekend’s rematch with Canelo a firm $1.57 favourite to defend his WBC, WBA and IBO belts (he was stripped of his IBF title on June 6 for opting against making a mandatory defense), with Alvarez at $2.30.
GGG was able to use his jab to great effect in the first bout, which led him to setting up some heavy power shots early in the bout to establish the ascendancy.
To his credit, Canelo was able to rally late in the fight and reel off some power shots of his own, which he will need to do this time around a bit earlier on to get the victory here.
With bad blood between the two fighters and a tremendous first fight between the two, the rematch this weekend is a must see event.
Golovkin is a worthy $1.57 favourite but Alvarez will have a point to prove here and can’t be discounted as a chance.
With a combined fight record of 77 wins, 3 draws and only 1 defeat (that being Canelo’s loss to Floyd Mayweather via majority decision in 2013) in 81 fights, we are witnessed a middleweight title matchup of the highest order.
Neither fighter will give an inch here. With the opportunity to secure his 21st consecutive title defence, Golovkin has entered all time great status and possesses a heavy handed approach which is well tempered with poise. With 34 knockout wins from his 38 fights, his knockout power is amongst the best of all time pound for pound.
Canelo has a level of precision in his punches that is among the best in the sport. He also has a heavy set of hands that whilst aren’t considered Golovkinesque, are still to be reckoned with. Canelo’s movement is also an attribute that has worked well for him in previous fights and will to use this better in this fight to avoid Golovkin setting up his power shots behind his potent jab.
As far as the fight finish is concerned, the fight going the full twelve rounds is the favoured option at $1.53, which can be attributed to the durability of both fighters to each other’s punches in their first bout.
Last time around, an early finish was expected pre-fight. Given the nature of both fighters capability to throw heavy leather and the animosity between both camps, the stoppage markets present terrific value. A late stoppage win to either fighter looks a legitimate possibility and offers such value.
Suggested Bet: Round 10 – 12 @ $8 (When Will The Fight End?)
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