In an era where the best boxers often avoid fighting one with another, sport is treating fans of a second match between two of the best fighters of their generation when Canelo Álvarez meets Gennady Golovkin Saturday in Las Vegas.
What, when and where?
Álvarez will fight against Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena. On the line there will be the Golovkin World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council and the average belts of the International Boxing Organization.
How to watch: Pay-per-view combat coverage will start at 8.00pm. Oriental. The suggested price is $ 85. The main event will certainly not start before 9pm.
What happened in the first fight?
Last September, the two men faced each other in the same arena in a long-awaited race. Unfortunately, the result was something of an anticipation. The fighters brutally pulled him out for 12 rounds, but neither could knock the other out or get a decisive advantage.
Although most observers thought Golovkin was superior, the fight was ruled by a draw, with a judge in hand for each fighter and one who called him a draw. A judge who scored the close race, 118-110, for Álvarez has been the subject of particularly heated criticism.
What happened since then?
Calls for a rematch started immediately and one was scheduled for May. But Álvarez was positive for Clenbuterol in February and retired from the fight. Clenbuterol is used by some athletes to lose weight. Álvarez said the result came because he had eaten contaminated meat in Mexico, where clenbuterol is sometimes given to animals.
Golovkin instead fought a less-announced fighter, Vanes Martirosyan, and eliminated him in two rounds.
Álvarez-Golovkin II was finally reprogrammed for this weekend.
How do they accumulate?
Álvarez, 28, is a longtime sports hero, especially for Mexicans and Mexican Americans. During a career that dates back to 2005, he has only one loss, to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a majority decision in 2013. His victims include Julio César Chávez Jr., Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.
Golovkin, 36, remains unbeaten in 39 matches, including 34 knockouts, many of them fierce. It is one and a half inches taller than Álvarez. Golovkin is ranked No. 1 boxer in the pound world for pound by The Ring magazine. Álvarez was recently ranked fourth and sixth, although he is out of the top 10 because of his positive and inactivated drug tests.
What are their styles?
It should be a battle of force against speed. Golovkin's will to fight all his opponents and his hard eliminations caused him a sensation among fight fans. It should be the aggressor and will try to get up and exchange punches.
Álvarez is thinner. It could also have an advantage in terms of speed and maneuverability. He will flip in and out and try to avoid the big blow from the more direct Golovkin. His defense against Golovkin's aggression should be the key to combat.
C & # 39 was some excitement at the appointment?
Álvarez checked in at 159.4 pounds and Golovkin at 159.6, below the 160-pound limit.
At the fighters' meeting, the sidemen jumped in to separate the fighters, but their intervention seemed rather pro-forma.
"He's like a clown," said Golovkin. "He's a showman, not a real boy."
"I am grateful for the support," Álvarez said through an interpreter. "I do not like talking, I'll show you instead of words tomorrow."
What else did the fighters say?
"This time, Golovkin will have no excuse regarding the judges because I come to throw him out," said Alvarez.
"I won the first fight and left the ring as the world champion wearing all the belts, and I will win the second match," said Golovkin.
The positive drug test and the delays in the fight caused a bad blood between them.
"He could have been a real man", Golovkin called Sports Illustrated. "I said, I made a mistake." But he did not. He still wanted to make fun of people. Nobody believes it. "
"I'm annoyed by this, all the stupid things they said, and I'm using it in my training", Álvarez he told the Los Angeles Times. "I will use it in my favor."
Who will win?
It is hard to say. In betting, Golovkin is a slight favorite. The bets also tend towards a decision, rather than a knockout of both fighters.
Experts interviewed by The Ring turned to Golovkin, 13-12.
"I think Canelo wins, he will cleverly box and he will win a decision," light champion Mikey Garcia told ESPN Deportes.
"I go with G.G.G. because he is bigger and has power, and he is consistent and he is strong and fearless and he enters and fights," Mosley told the Mayweather Boxing Channel.
What's underneath undercard?
The most striking fight is a medium-light weight bout between the champion, Jaime Munguia of Mexico, the heavyweight favorite and Brandon Cook of Canada. A meeting between the Canadian David Lemieux and the Irish Gary O & # 39; Sullivan, both former owners, should be closer.