Gennady Golovkin hopes Canelo Alvarez fight will rank him with middleweight greats

Canelo Alvarez physique

Both men met at the final press conference today where they kept things short and sweet, clearly focused on fight night this weekend.

Undefeated Kazakh knockout artist Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin faces boxing's biggest pay per view star, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the most anticipated middleweight war since the 1980s. His fans will hope to see more of the knockout artist GGG than the nice guy Golovkin. And that's when I turn into Triple G. It's not that I'm mean, or angry.

Alvarez, shockingly, said that fighting the champion known as "GGG" will be a bigger showdown than his experience against Mayweather.

Even with his high output, he is one of the most accurate punchers in the sport.




The problems in predicting the bout is both fighters do not have a common opponent, which is very rare, because Alvarez has more fights at welterweight (147 pounds) and junior middleweight (154 pounds) compared to Golovkin who has thrived more at middleweight (160 pounds). So, we are happy that this fight was put together at the very best moment.

Their last two fights have made me resolutely believe it is a Canelo victory. While the recent light heavyweight fights between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev held the same rare distinction in potentially offering the same prize, neither fight was as in demand as this one. Almost every big bout one can think of isn't a flawless fit in one form or another. "They would say not this time but maybe after the next fight". This is a fight boxing can be proud of.

In a way, maybe the timing was ideal for a fight like Mayweather-McGregor - Floyd's swan song and final money grab he just couldn't refuse - to come so close to Alvarez-Golovkin. He debuted at 15 years old, and has fought 12 current or former champions over that span. Golovkin on the other had has fought five current or former champions in his career. The fight is more important to him.

So what is Alvarez gets to rattle Golovkin? For as much as Mayweather has accomplished, the health of boxing desperately needs the era he dominated to come to an end.

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