Fri, Sep 15, 8:50am by Staff Writer
Over three years after it was first billed, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-1) will finally face off against Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0) at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Sunday 17 September 2017 (AEST).
35-year-old Kazakh Golovkin, the undefeated knockout king with 33 KOs in 37 fights, takes on Alvarez for the unified WBA, WBC, IBF, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight championship.
The fresh-faced Golovkin has impatiently waited for his chance to fight Alvarez. In the meanwhile, he earned a close decision win over Danny Jacobs in front of nearly 20,000 fans at Madison Square Garden in March this year.
The jury was out after that fight, with Golovkin failing to record a knockout for the first time since 2008, ending his KO streak at 23.
Steve Bunce writing for the Independent wrote that, “Golovkin looked tired, frustrated and shockingly short on ideas in his last fight”.
Golovkin responded by saying, “this is the only fight I have wanted for a long time,” in reference to his bout with Alvarez.
On May 6, Alvarez handily dispatched fellow Mexican middleweight fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas. The unanimous decision, which all three judges scored 120-108 for Alvarez, depicts his dominance on the night.
Despite a sluggish last fight performance, Golovkin is the punters’ favourite at $1.66, with Alvarez installed as the $2.20 outsider.
In the method of victory markets, a Golovkin KO/TKO is paying $2.60, with an Alvarez win via points or decision the next most popular method of victory at $3.00.
With no rematch clause in his contract, this may be Golovkin’s only chance to beat Chavez and he is the bookmakers’ favourite to do so.
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