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Touchdown ! Day one of fight week and all’s a state of readiness on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Saturday 17th’s massive super-middleweight world title unification between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin awaits and our fight week will build from here. It’s a much anticipated contest and will be their third spectacular meeting.
The contest promoted by Matchroom and both fighter’s own companies will take place at the T-Mobile Arena, just behind New York New York on the renowned strip. It coincides with Mexican Independence Day weekend and current Ring magazine champion and Mexican hero ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will have massive national backing come Saturday. The influx of his countrymen is expected to rack up over the week with the margaritas flowing and mariachi bands resonating on fight night.
Kazakhstan’s ‘GGG’ arrived low key into the city on Sunday and because of his exciting style and, likeable but ice cold demeanour, will have plenty of backing. He likes to fight in the so-called ‘Mexican style’ with all guns blazing and taking risks which has endeared him to a large fan base. Any Canelo haters naturally gravitate towards the Kazakh.
It’s difficult though not to admire the Mexican fighter’s achievements, with him compiling a record of 57-2-2 (39 KO’s) and winning versions of world titles in four weight divisions. He’s fought in some of the best fights of the decade and only suffered his second loss when venturing back up to light-heavyweight earlier in the year, losing to Russian, Dmitry Bivol.
Golovkin brings to the contest unquestionable power. His 42-1-1 (37 KO’s) has resulted in the decimation of most top middleweights and he last journeyed to Japan earlier in the year to defend his IBF title against Ryota Murata.
The settling of a trilogy of fights, currently standing at one dubious draw and one victory to Canelo is the reason the fight’s been made, and why the interest and subsequent financial gains are high. This is backed up by the superb quality of the two previous encounters, the second being voted The Ring’s fight of 2018.
Much is being made of the age differential, with Golovkin at 40 and Canelo at 32. For many experts this will determine the fight in favour of the younger man. GGG though will have a different outcome on his mind and the strategy to make it happen. Both fighter’s chins are sure to be tested again.
This is a genuine superfight and will determine the premiere 160-168 pound fighter of this generation. The hall-of-fame already awaits both, but who reigns supreme will be determined on Saturday. It’s one not to be missed.
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