On September 16th Las Vegas hosts another boxing spectacle as the Mexican and Kazakhstan face off in an old-fashioned quick draw bout. Two boxing greats lock horns in what should be the fight of the decade. Stylistically Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin were made for each other, as their attribute compatibility is sure to make for a marvel.
Our Top Tips
Best Bet: Bet on a Canelo win with the best boxing odds at Bet365. They offer 2.3.
Long Shot: There’s no such thing as a long shot for this fight, so get GGG to win between rounds 7-9, £10 will win you £260 with the bonus at 888 Sport.
GGG v Canelo
There’s something quite nostalgic about this attraction as two skilful greats in the game put it all on the line in the toughest fight of their careers in what will surely be a classic. It’s really one of those “pick ’em” fights and you couldn’t ridicule any prediction, Alvarez unanimous decision, Alvarez KO, Golovkin KO or Golovkin unanimous decision, they are all possibilities. GGG is the favourite as we enter the bout and many feel that his pure power will be too much for the skills of the Mexican!
“Triple G” has never got in the ring with someone of Alvarez’s calibre but the way in which he has beaten some of the most durable and strong middleweights is something that’s never been seen, he’s arguably the hardest hitting pound for pound boxer around today. Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has registered knockouts over the likes of David Lemiuex, Kell Brook and Willie Monroe Jr. He’s been known to repeatedly punish his opponent for longer than necessary and to date he has broken Brook’s eye socket and allegedly broken tough Matthew Macklin’s ribs.
“Canelo” on the other hand is no slouch and he turned over to the paid game at the age of 15, hence why at just 27 years old he’s already notched up 51 fights. His impressive record reads 49-1-1, 34 KOs and is one that most couldn’t accrue in a whole career, yet he’s still got years left in the sport. The only loss came in the hands of the great Floyd Mayweather Jr, but apart from that, we’ve never seen Mexico’s golden boy out of his depth.
Factors to Take into Account
There’s usually a plot and a selling technique when it comes to boxing, as it’s often said, it is an entertainment first and a sport second. But with two competent athletes who talk with their fists there’s no real sale involved, as real boxing fans will be chomping at the bit for this one. One common label given in these types of showdowns usually involves a ‘boxer’ and a ‘knockout artist’ and believe us when we say this fight features both of those. But we don’t feel it is as cut and dry as many are making out, many seem to believe it’s Canelo’s boxing finesse against Golovkin’s freakish power. But both of these fighters possess both power and boxing abilities.
Golovkin had 350 amateur contests, fighting the likes of Andre Dirrell and Lucian Bute on the amateur stage. You cannot perform on the world amateur stage and rely on raw power, to be part of the Kazakhstan Olympics team and amass a silver medal means that you need impressive boxing mastery in your arsenal.
The same way, Alvarez packs a punch, one knockout that has circulated in recent times is the Amir Khan right hand. But he has also seen off James Kirkland and Liam Smith with brutal KOs.
GGG v Canelo Betting Preview
It’s been said that Triple G will retire after he’s used this fight to propel his legacy. Most seem to feel that Golovkin will be able to overwhelm Alvarez with his strength and power but former opponents of Canelo’s have already came out and discussed the physicality of the Mexican’s favourite.
If Golovkin manages to follow the game plan that many feel will work then he will start slow for a round or two before enforcing his pure power and ring craft. The hard-hitting Kazak has already revealed that he wants “a big drama show” and he may just ensure that the crowd get one as he backs up Canelo. His boxing brain is very underrated, as he usually utilises his generalship in the ring, cutting down and always seeming to be in front of you, which is both mentally and physically tiring.
Alvarez on the other hand will want to go to the body early on and win some of the early rounds. He will be looking to win this one down the distance but something that can’t be ignored is the rate that Golovkin gets hit. Is it possible to be too skilled for your own good? He’s not been tested up to now and even has a knack of letting opponents hit him, although we’re not expecting that on September 16th, there are times that he’s caught from lacklustre defence. Mostly because he can get away with it, but over the years of boxing this is a bad habit to pick up and Alvarez’s combination punching and angles could capitalise on this downfall. When either of these boxers hit you, you stay hit and that’s why In Your Corner expect a Canelo KO. We are putting it out there- as many believe his only chance is a UD, but Alvarez is the real deal and one thing we know for sure is that both fighters will be tested in their upcoming bout. We’ve seen Saul Alvarez bounce back from adversity when he’s been hurt in the past but how will GGG deal with the body punching and looping right hands of Canelo?
A Canelo KO, we expect this to be fight of the year for as long as it lasts but the Mexican might peel back the indestructible aura that many have painted of GGG. Either way, we expect telling signs of this fight during the mid rounds, Canelo could break down his man between round four and eight. There’s no such thing as a safe bet in this one and that’s why we are glad our boxing prediction of an Alvarez KO as it returns well with 17/2 at Dafabet.