Gennady Golovkin will want to remain undefeated as a professional fighter when he puts his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles on the line on Saturday at an extremely anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez as a -155 favorite on the Canelo-Golovkin chances.
When their September 2017 battle ended in a draw, golovkin was denied that the victory in his tangle. The controversial decision by the judges marks the only blemish on the native of Kazakhstan’s pro boxing record, which sits at 38-0-1 moving into Saturday night’s bout at T-Mobile Arena.
Since storming onto the professional stage in 2006, completing opponents on 34 events by KO or TKO golovkin has dominated the division. The 36-year-old has held at least one title belt because claiming the WBA interim middleweight crown in 2010. His most recent ring appearance came in May, when he needed fewer than five minutes to knock out American Vanes Martirosyan as a huge -2500 favorite.
Martirosyan stepped into face GGG for a replacement opponent in that tilt, substituting Canelo, who had been made to withdraw from a planned rematch with Golovkin after getting handed a six-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing two drug tests.
The suspension farther added to the existing controversy that unfolded after one of the judges watched Canelo as a lopsided 118-110 winner over GGG within their first conflict, considered by many observers to be a far more tightly contested fight. With his suspension currently functioned, the stage is set for the 28-year-old to come back to action as a +125 underdog on the GGG vs. Canelo fight odds.
Canelo Boasts a Stellar Record in the Ring
Much like GGG, Canelo enjoys a near-perfect pro boxing record, with a narrow majority decision loss to the mythical Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a +235 underdog in September 2013 representing the only defeat his 49-1-2 record.
The Mexican celebrity followed up that reduction with seven consecutive victories, including four knockouts, but needed all 12 rounds to earn the unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as -425 chalk in his last winning trip to the ring in May, 2017.
A former ruler of the empty The Ring middleweight title, which will also be up for grabs from Saturday’s fight, Canelo also previously held the WBA (Unified), WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine light middleweight titles.
While four of his past seven fights have been settled with the judges, the 28-year-old has also demonstrated punching energy, knocking out opponents on 34 events. But if Canelo would be to emerge victorious it isn’t expected to be inside the distance. The Mexican star is a protracted +800 wager to claim success by KO, TKO, or disqualification on the Golovkin vs. Canelo chances, even though a victory by technical or decision decision overlooks +185 odds.
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