It is a fight fan’s fight, and it figures to be a masterpiece. Saturday night in Las Vegas, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin for the middleweight championship of the world.
The two middleweights have circled each other for the better part of two years. But finally, a fight that boxing fans have long coveted is taking place. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) is a slight underdog against Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), but figures to have the crowd on his side in Las Vegas.
Alvarez is looking for a signature victory, after falling in his biggest fight to date — a 2014 showdown with Floyd Mayweather. The 27-year-old star from Mexico might not have been ready for such a stern test at an early age. But now, he should be in his prime, and figures to have no excuses to deliver anything less than his best.
Golovkin has been boxing’s most avoided fighter for the past several years. But he did appear to show a few flaws in his last fight — a narrow decision victory against Danny Jacobs. That bout snapped his streak of 23 consecutive victories by knockout. This fight, however, is not expected to go the distance — and should be tremendous for as long as it lasts.
The televised portion of the card begins at 8:00 p.m. ET. It can be streamed at the special website caneloggg.com, for a price of $79.99.
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