Right, now that the Mickey Mouse affair of Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather is over, boxing fans can turn their attention to the big event this summer – yes, we’re clinging onto the dying days of summer – Canelo Álvarez versus Gennady Golovkin.
Two world-class middleweights, two proven BOXERS going head-to-head in the biggest fight in the division. It’s an event that sold out immediately compared to the ‘Money Fight’ which saw ticket sales fall short by 5,000 seats; if the PR marketing Gods ever needed a two-finger sign in their face – the Golovkin-Álvarez fight is the perfect tool.
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Despite Triple G going into the bout undefeated – 37-0, 33 by knockout – and is rated the second-best pound-for-pound fighter by Ringside, many are backing Mexican Alvarez to defeat Golovkin.
British fighter Kell Brook moved up two-weight categories to fight Golovkin last September, and although the Briton was defeated comprehensively, it was always going to be a difficult task moving up such a distance
Regardless of the defeat, Brook, speaking to Sky Sports, is one of the boxers who believes that Canelo will defeat the Kazakhstan fighter:
“It’s hard to say, but I am leaning towards Canelo. He has excelled over the years; his variation, his speed and his youth… everything is going to play big factor on Saturday night.
‘I just feel Canelo can win this fight if he sticks to a gameplan and boxes the right fight – it’s just how Canelo copes with how Golovkin cuts the ring down as well as his big punching power.
‘He is there to get hit Golokvin, you can hit him and he (Canelo) carries more power is bigger than I probably was when I moved up at the time.”
— Kell Brook, speaking to Sky Sports
Brook has a point. GGG’s latest fight against Daniel Jacobs was hardly won in convincing fashion, with Triple G needing 12 rounds to defeat his opponent and looking sluggish in the process.
Golovkin’s boxing CV, although mightily impressive, also has reason to be questioned. How many big names are on that list of 37? Canelo’s record of 49-1-1 was only stained with *that* defeat against Floyd Mayweather; one which went the distance, and one that was four years ago.
Since then, the Mexcian has gone from strength to strength – beating the likes of Julio César Chávez Jr., and dispatching Amir Khan along the way. Canelo has eight years on his opponent, and Mayweather himself has previously backed the 27-year-old to comfortably defeat the veteran fighter:
“Do I think Triple G can beat Canelo? Absolutely not. I think there’s a few guys that can beat Triple G, and Canelo is on the top of the list”.
Floyd Mayweather, speaking to Give Me Sport
Age and previous fights could therefore play a huge factor in Saturday night’s result, and we wouldn’t be surpised if we saw another undefeated fighter have one loss recorded on their boxing CV.