Golovkin, Canelo prepare for boiling point in grudge match

Eloise Marshall
September 15, 2018

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago.

Last year, the pair of world-class middleweights clashed in Las Vegas, Nevada in a tremendous back-and-forth affair.

Scores of 114-114 and 115-113 in Golovkin's favour appeared to fairly reflect the narrow margin between the two men - but ringside judge Adelaide Byrd's weird scorecard, ruling in favour of Canelo by 118-110, left many observers baffled.

Golovkin, the unbeaten WBA, WBC and IBO champion, will be chasing a place in boxing history as he attempts to make a record-breaking 21st consecutive defense of his middleweight crowns against Mexican idol Alvarez at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena. They likely won't look into each other's eyes until the opening bell for a sellout crowd Saturday night.

The May 5 fight was canceled after Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) failed two drug tests for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol and was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

But his Hall of Fame-bound career has hit a few speed bumps recently that can only be excused with a good showing against Golovkin in the HBO pay-per-view ($74.95) bout at T-Mobile Arena.

Tonight (Fri. September 14, 2018) Canelo and Golovkin will face off one final time before stepping into the ring against one another. "Injection marks were evidently there", Golovkin said.

The 2004 Olympic silver medallist, (38-0-1, 34 knockouts), has repeatedly accused his Mexican opponent of doping, raising the temperature in Las Vegas this week by voicing his suspicions again.

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"It's a little bit different", Golovkin said.

First up, pound-for-pound king and former four-division world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez makes his eagerly awaited return against experienced Mexican warrior Moises "Moi" Fuentes in a ten-round super flyweight bout. Golovkin weighed 159.6 pounds and Alvarez weighed 159.4.

"At the moment I put him in the top five, and the only reason I don't put him any higher is because he needs that fight that people recognize, the signature fight or legacy fight", Sanchez said. "I know it's going to be a tough fight".

Whether that translates into a more entertaining fight remains to be seen.

"For the most part, we did a good job in the first fight", said Alvarez, who still insists he won at least seven rounds. "I'm angry, but I'm going to use it in my favor for this fight".

Both boxers stepped on the scales and made weight.

"He's promised the fans he's going to knock him out but in order to do that you have to be in range and then it gets unsafe", Sanchez said.

"Tomorrow is a real war".

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