Canelo Alvarez's boxing legacy has reached its defining moment

15 September, 2018, 16:57 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Gennady Golovkin v Saul'Canelo Alvarez

Early on Sunday morning, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will rematch one another in the biggest boxing match of 2018.

The controversy didn't die down with the disputed decision - the original date for rematch had to be reworked because Saul failed a PED test, his reasoning: it must have passed through his system courtesy tainted meat he'd eaten in his native Mexico.

Mexico's Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) meanwhile came in at 159.4 pounds, well within the 160lb limit.

Much has also been made of the judges for the upcoming super fight, after the performance of the officials came in for ridicule and criticism after their first fight in September of a year ago.

For the most part, the animosity between the two men has had a ring of authenticity about it.

"Those are the kicks and screams of someone who is drowning", Alvarez said of Golovkin's doping claims.

He has been tested repeatedly in the weeks leading up to Saturday's fight and insists, "I've turned the page", on his positive test and suspension.

"Those are the excuses that they are making because of what is coming on Saturday, which is a loss for them. Maybe they believe what they say, maybe it is to get me mad - but it has worked".


Golovkin is a -145 favorite, with the price on Alvarez down to +125 at some sportsbooks.

A bout that was a thriller first time round. "I know it's going to be a tough fight". Alvarez's official purse is $5 million, and Golovkin's is $4 million.

The two largest bets on the fight at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas as of Friday afternoon - $20,000 and $18,000 - were both on Alvarez, driving the price on the underdog to as low as +115 at one point Thursday, and Caesars Palace said for every one bet they had taken on Golovkin, there were four on Alvarez.

This preview for Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 - "The REMATCH" will give you chills...

Abel Sanchez, who has trained Golovkin at his gym in the San Bernardino Mountains outside Los Angeles since 2011, agrees.

"This fight means a lot to me because of all that has happened and all that has been said", Alvarez said. "I want to punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done".

Oddsmakers are expecting the fight to go the distance again. "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet". "It's kind of disappointing, because I think this is probably going to be the best fight boxing is going to put on this year".

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