Canelo vs. Golovkin: Predictions from LA Times writers

Canelo vs. Golovkin: Predictions from LA Times writers

Canelo is still trying to establish himself at middleweight and is receiving a baptism of fire against GGG, the undefeated IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC world champion. For those disappointed by last month's so-called superfight between a boxer and a UFC fighter that was staged before a less-than capacity crowd, Saturday's sold-out world-title contest at the same T-Mobile Arena will be a welcome change. This fight also has the unique twist of donating part of its proceeds to efforts to help Texas and Florida recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Canelo has been improving a lot since his defeat to Mayweather, and the weight difference between the two fighters might be a big obstacle to a rematch. Pictured: Alvarez and Golovkin attend their final press conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has an unblemished 37-0-0 record coming into this fight, with 33 coming by way of KO.

Title-holder GGG, a more natural middleweight, was always expected to come in at the limit, but Canelo - who has fought at welterweight in the past - has matched his rival pound for pound.

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But if you want what's going to be the best fight of the year, that's probably happening Saturday night when Canelo Alavarez fights Gennady Golovkin - aka GGG. It promises to be arguably the fight of the century - or at least the decade.

"When I was born, all of the fear had already been given out", he said through a translator, per The Guardian's Bryan Armen Graham.

When pondering specific match-ups in boxing, either between two active fighters or ones of a mythical nature, very few pairings truly give fans what many insiders call "the butterfly" effect. I am ready to reign at the top of the middleweight division for a long time, ” Canelo told BoxNation. He scored an eighth-round TKO over David Lemieux two years ago to win another middleweight belt, and he retained his titles in March with a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Jacobs.

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