Unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) takes on Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) this Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be shown live on HBO PPV beginning at 8 p.m. ET. This will be a rematch from their highly controversial draw last September where most boxing fans and experts saw GGG winning.
A year has passed and we have had Canelo suspended, GGG stripped of his IBF middleweight title, controversy, last-minute negotiations and now add trash talk from both camps.
The first fight between GGG and Canelo was a master class of boxing. GGG’s suffocating pressure and constant jab was met by Canelo’s footwork and counters, supplying fans with a thrill ride of a fight.
However, neither man was able to separate himself enough from his opponent and the fight ultimately ended up a draw.
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It stands to reason that GGG opens as the fave, with many boxing fans and pundits saying he won the first fight. Through the middle portion of the fight, GGG continually trapped Canelo against the ropes and gave his counterpart little room to breathe. GGG seemed to push the pace for the bulk of the fight and even though Canelo came out strong and closed strong, it seemed to many that the Kazakhstani won the bout.
As much as it is easy to talk about the controversial decision, boxing fans should be looking forward to the rematch between GGG and Canelo. Both men displayed amazing boxing IQ, heart and desire when they first met – and we should expect even more of that the second time around.
Golovkin is a -145 favorite. That means a $145 bet would return $100. Alvarez is fetching +125 (risk $100 to win $125) as the underdog.
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