Gennady Golovkin will be looking to stay undefeated as a professional fighter when he puts his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles online on Saturday in a highly anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez as a -155 favorite on the Canelo-Golovkin chances.
When their September 2017 clash ended in a draw golovkin was denied the success in his very first tangle. The controversial decision by the judges marks the sole blemish on the native of Kazakhstan’s pro boxing record, which sits in 38-0-1 moving into Saturday night’s bout at T-Mobile Arena.
Golovkin has mastered the middleweight division since storming on the professional stage in 2006, completing opponents by KO or TKO on 34 occasions. Since claiming the WBA middleweight crown in 2010, the 36-year-old has held a minumum of one title belt. His latest ring appearance came in May, when he needed fewer than five minutes to knock out American Vanes Martirosyan as a massive -2500 favorite.
Martirosyan stepped in to confront GGG for a replacement competitor in that tilt, replacing Canelo, who was forced to withdraw from a planned rematch with Golovkin after becoming given a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing two drug evaluations.
The suspension further added to the existing controversy that unfolded after one of the judges scored Canelo as a lopsided 118-110 winner over GGG in their first battle, considered by many observers to be a much more tightly contested fight. With his suspension currently functioned, the platform is set for the 28-year-old to come back to action as a +125 underdog on the GGG vs. Canelo fight chances.
Canelo Boasts a Stellar Record in the Ring
Like GGG, Canelo appreciates a near-perfect professional boxing record, using a narrow majority decision loss to the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a +235 underdog at September 2013 representing the only defeat on his 49-1-2 record.
The Mexican star followed up that reduction with seven straight victories, including four knockouts, but had all of 12 rounds to make the unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as -425 chalk in his last winning visit to the ring in May, 2017.
A former holder of this empty The Ring middleweight title, which is also up for grabs in Saturday’s struggle, Canelo also previously held the WBA (Unified), WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine light middleweight titles.
While four of his previous seven conflicts have been settled by the judges, the 28-year-old has also demonstrated punching power, knocking out opponents on 34 occasions. However, if Canelo would be to emerge victorious it is not anticipated to be within the space. The Mexican celebrity is a protracted +800 bet to claim victory by KO, TKO, or disqualification on the Golovkin vs. Canelo odds, while a victory by decision or technical conclusion pays out on +185 odds.
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