Boxing: Saul Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin (Sunday, 2am)

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On Saturday night at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez face off in one of the most eagerly awaited boxing match-ups for many years.

The 37-0 GGG bids to continue his unbeaten record and ideally, add to his record of 33 knock-outs. The boxing bookmakers suggest that the favourite here is the Kazakhstani native Gennady Golovkin, priced at no bigger than 4/6 (1.67) to prevail.

Canelo Alvarez meanwhile is 11/8 with a majority of online firms, 7/5 with Bwin.

It really is an impossible fight to confidently call and that fact really adds to the intrigue around the GoldenBoy promoted event.

Considering he is the underdog, perhaps the faster and youngster Canelo might well be the value, but GGG is going to be extremely difficult to break down. The old “Immovable object Vs an Irresistible force” springs to mind with this one.

Golovkin has just turned 36 years old and has successfully defended his middleweight title in eighteen successive fights and if he wins on Saturday night, he’ll be just one win behind the division record of 20 held by the great Bernard Hopkins.

That particular record will be the last thing on his mind with Canelo Alvarez set to stand across the ring from him on Pay Per View come around 4am on Sunday morning UK time.

GGG will need to engage all his experience and ring craft to keep the smaller, more aggressive Canelo from dictating on the inside here, which is where his amateur “point scoring” bread and butter style will have to come into play.

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After a destructive run of KO wins, GGG made hard work of Daniel Jacobs in his latest defence back in March. Looking a little undercooked preparation wise, despite getting the win it has left a window of opportunity for Canelo to explore.

Maybe the great GGG is ageing? Tiring even? Canelo is a vastly improved fighter since losing to Floyd Mayweather and he is brilliant at trading blows in the pocket and counter punching; his hands are quicker and his combinations from body to head are electric at times.

Over the course of a 12 round fight, which this is quite likely to be, Canelo has the technical ability to get more notches on the scorecards than the middleweight champion. This is a career defining fight for GGG and a truly life-changing opportunity for Canelo, who can take another step toward being a true Mexican boxing legend by defeating the man many people feel is undefeatable in Las Vegas this weekend.

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Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, the undefeated IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC world champion, takes on Mexican Alvarez, who, despite trying to establish himself as a middleweight, has definite boxing pedigree having only lost one of his 51 fights – that being to a certain Floyd Mayweather. Can you call this one?

What are the fighters’ records?

Golovkin: 37 fights, 37 wins (33 KOs)

Alvarez: 51 fights, 49 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss (34 KOs)

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