Watch Golovkin-Canelo fight

Lynette Rowe
September 16, 2017

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez says he is a "thinking fighter" and will provide the biggest test of Gennady Golovkin's career when they meet in a highly anticipated middleweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday. A better fight record and a brighter future.

The undefeated Golovkin has always been the betting favorite.

Golovkin has remained undefeated without looking superhuman in either of his two victories.

'It's going to be a tough fight because Triple G is from Kazakhstan, he has the good foundations of a boxer. I prepared for a lot but what surprised me about him the most was his variety of shots and the way he was able to open me up. It's significant because he's easily the highest level of competition that the knockout artist has ever faced.

Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin is being billed as the fight of the year and, although it is unlikely to come anywhere near the pay-per-view success of Mayweather/McGregor, the bout promises a much more intriguing battle inside the ring. Pictured: Alvarez and Golovkin face-off during their final press conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Both boxers are aggressive and offensive fighters. In a conference call with the press, he said that this is probably the biggest fight in the middleweight division in all of boxing history.

Golovkin will need more than his power when the bell sounds and Alvarez will need all of his power in a fight that is delicately poised and could certainly start off at a slow pace. Since then, Cotto has fought just once, when he took a unanimous decision against Yoshihiro Kamegai just last month to win a vacant junior middleweight belt. Canelo Alvarez is boxing perfected. Golovkin has +275 odds to win a 12-round decision.

Alvarez's chin has been as reliable as Golovkin's in his almost 12-year pro career. His name is Miguel Cotto.

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Golovkin, who will be making his Las Vegas debut, has fought his entire career at 160 pounds (72.5 kg) while Alvarez, 27, fought just once above 155 - in his last fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Those who have been reluctant to put Golovkin near the top of the pound-for-pound rankings have pointed to the champion's competition.

Everyone that steps inside the ring feels Golovkin's power. He has bricks in his hands, but who has he fought?

The former unified light-welterweight world champion believes those tuning in on BoxNation Box Office for a one-off fee of £16.95 / €21.95, or watching live as subscribers to BoxNation, are going to be in for something unforgettable.

But a full house will be seeing the middlweight showdown between Golovkin and Alvarez.

Saturday night will be a war.

Golovkin's overwhelming power and underrated boxing could ultimately be the deciding factor. Both fighters could look to be in control at points with a chance to potentially land a knockout.

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