Tonight, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez face off in a rematch of their thrilling draw in Las Vegas. First there was grumbling over Alvarez's performance in the first fight held a year ago that ended in an unsatisfying draw. The fight went all 12 rounds, and when it was all said and done, many believed Golovkin handily took the fight on the judges' scorecards. "The error I made was there were some spots in the first fight where he was vulnerable and I didn't take advantage".
Golovkin tipped the scales at 159.6 pounds and Alvarez came in at 159.4 at Friday's weigh-in, where the Mexican put his forehead against Golovkin's as they squared up to each other, prompting a brief shoving match on the T-Mobile Arena stage. Barring any "backroom politics", the rematch set for this Saturday (September 16th) is being billed as more than a unification fight for all the Middleweight straps, but as the deciding vote in choosing the number one spot on the Pound for Pound list, regardless of division.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission also released the purses for the card. Now, the two rivals will once again fight to determine who is the best middleweight in boxing today.
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Many Mexicans are less fervent about Canelo since his failed drugs tests but will support him, especially on Mexico Independence Day Life is less complicated for the Golovkin followers and they cheered him to the rafters.
Alvarez blamed the test results on eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico.
The Golovkin camp has been relentless in chastising Alvarez for the failed test and postponement of the rematch.
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Not wanting to risk a period of inactivity, he remained determined to fight on May 5th, taking on former world title challenger Vanes Martirosyan in a hastily-arranged clash at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. Golovkin is 38-0-1 with 33 knockouts.
With one less world title on the line, talks between Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, and Canelo's handler, Oscar De La Hoya, became increasingly ill-tempered in the months that followed - and the fighters followed suit. "It's going to be an exciting fight and big victory".
Alvarez, whose only defeat in a 52-fight career was a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather, admits the accusations have riled him.
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