This may be the third bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, but it is the one that will settle everything. The Alvarez vs Golovkin fight odds still favors the Mexican, who remains the only boxer to hold a win over the Kazakh. Even if Canelo is coming off a loss, Golovkin is now over 40 and could be this close to retirement. This may as well be the final fight in his brilliant career.
Alvarez vs Golovkin 3 Fight Info
- Fighters: Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) vs Gennadiy Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs)
- Location: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, USA
- Day/Time: Saturday, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Broadcast: DAZN
Canelo Looks to Leave no Doubts this Time
Speaking of retirements, if Alvarez were to retire now, he’d be a shoo-in for the Boxing Hall of Fame. The undisputed super middleweight champion has won titles in four weight classes and has beaten nearly a dozen champions. But he has not been invincible as evidenced by his two losses and his two fights against Golovkin.
While Dmitry Bivol and Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Alvarez, Golovkin managed to make him look less than stellar. GGG was favored in their first two fights per the Alvarez vs Golovkin fight odds. The first fight ended in a draw while Canelo won the latter via a majority decision. Both were highly contentious results with the second fight marred further by Alvarez’s failed drug test.
“In the end, it was a victory for Mexico,” Alvarez said in the post-fight ring interview. “And again, it was an opportunity. And I want to shout out to my opponent, the best in the sport of boxing. I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight. If the people want another round, I’ll do it again, but for right now, I will enjoy time with my family.”
Alvarez was ultimately cleared from his positive test but combined with his razor-thin win, many felt his victory over GGG was akin to a cliffhanger ending of an otherwise epic TV show.
Since his win over Golovkin, Alvarez has smoked the competition finishing five of his seven opponents before running into Bivol at 175 pounds. While Alvarez lost that fight decisively, he has been untouchable at 168 pounds. He’s been chalky on the boxing odds and at his current line against GGG, Alvarez could finally get the emphatic victory over his long standing rival.
Golovkin Can Ride off Into the Sunset
As for Golovkin, Alvarez’s nemesis has been less-than-invincible since his fights with the Mexican. It’s likely why he’s the underdog per the Alvarez vs Golovkin fight odds this time. GGG knocked out Steve Rolls but had to sweat against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Eddie Hearn covered for Golovkin and said he had been “ill, basically all week.” GGG returned to form against Kamil Szeremeta and Ryota Murata.
Folks have tossed around “retirement” when it comes to Golovkin. He laughed about it in an interview with Forbes: “I retired right before the pandemic from an athletic standpoint. I’m just fooling around right now. It’s time to play. That’s what I’m doing.”
At 40, Golovkin’s years are numbered though other greats like Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez have fought at a high level at this age. The latter, 39 at the time, also closed the book on his longtime rivalry with Manny Pacquiao. In what was their fourth meeting, Marquez ended their saga with a vicious knockout. Prior to this, the Mexican failed to beat Pacquiao in three attempts though each fight was extremely close.
There is plenty of similarities here with Golovkin who could have his final shot at finishing his rivalry with Alvarez. Golovkin still sports plenty of knockout power and while Alvarez has shown an iron chin, he is not bulletproof. Alternatively, the former champion does not need to knock Canelo out to beat him.
“It’s encouraging that the judges are not loyal to Canelo anymore,” Golovkin told the NY Daily News. “They don’t feel this burden of his image.”
Golovkin out-landed Canelo in both fights. In the second fight, he landed more punches in eight of the 12 rounds and Harold Lederman scored it a second straight time for GGG. Maybe the third time’s the charm for Golovkin. Those who bet on a boxing fight can bank on him to land a knockout as he looks to finish this rivalry on his terms.Follow us on Twitter