Almost a year ago to the day, we thought we were finally going to get the answer to the long-running debate ‘Canelo or Golovkin?’. Yet, after 12 rounds of engrossing boxing under the bright lights of Las Vegas, we were left with even more questions.
Now, 12 months on, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin can put their contentious draw, an erroneous judge’s scorecard and a drug suspension aside. In the biggest fight of the year, both can look to make a definitive statement on who really is the superior fighter.
Golovkin to win in rounds 10 to 12 – 6/1
To question Triple G’s punching power is to question where the sun rises and falls. The Kazakh has a streak of 23 knockouts that spanned nearly a decade. He also holds the highest knockout-to-win-percentage in middleweight championship history… a bowel-evacuating 87.2%.
His trainer, Abel Sanchez, is buoyant about a devasting victory. “Gennady doesn’t just fight Mexican Style, he fights like a Philadelphia fighter of old. Don’t be surprised if Gennady ends things using a punch that is a throwback to those days – a classic liver shot – to puncture the Canelo myth once and for all.”
With fists like concrete, can he force a late stoppage against Alvarez?
Alvarez by Decision or Technical Decision – 2/1
Golovkin by Decision or Technical Decision – 9/4
Despite trading leather over 12 rounds in 2017, neither fighter looked concerningly close to hitting the canvas. Going through their respective records, their penchant for taking serious punishment is superhuman.
Having turned professional at a puberty-defying 15, Canelo has never been knocked down in a 52-fight career spanning 13 years. Meanwhile, Golovkin hasn’t tasted the canvas or been KO’ed in a scarcely believable 389 fights (39 as a professional and 350 as an amateur).
The two will be looking for an early finish. But with chins seemingly fashioned from steel forged in a Victorian smelting furnace that would’ve made Isambard Kingdom Brunel proud, a winner by decision is a real possibility.
Draw or Technical Draw – 19/1
Could it really happen again? Unsurprisingly, both fighters claimed victory at the final bell when they last fought. It was the judges though that took the spotlight. Questionable scorecards have plagued boxing in recent years, but a score of 118-110 for Alvarez was more farcical than a Monty Python sketch. It meant the fight would end in a split draw and lead us to this weekend’s rematch.
Correct decision or not, another draw would be ill-received by both camps. With so much chatter over who will finally come out on top, expect the two men in the ring to let their fists do the real talking.
Odds correct at time of publication. Subject to change.
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