It was years in the making and it was overshadowed by a nontraditional bout last month, but the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez super bout to determine the world's best middleweight fighter is here.
"For all those people that paid $100 for, I call it a farce". Finally a real fight... it's going to be 8 to 10 rounds of hell.
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Golovkin, the favorite to win, comes into the fight 37-0 with 33 wins by knockout. Canelo won the WBC middleweight title from Miguel Cotto back in November 2015, and then-promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, were reluctant to make the fight with Triple G.
Alvarez is young, attractive, and beloved in his home country of Mexico. "If Bill comes through he will fight the victor of Canelo-Golovkin", said Warren. Since being thrown to the fire early with his career's lone loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Alvarez has risen to megastar status.
And De La Hoya has high hopes that Alvarez cannot only grow his own stardom, but help the sport. Right now I feel great. He executes it better, and from different angles, and it's a very devastating punch.
"I know what is around the corner, I want to test myself against one of the greats".
In what is viewed by many as the most intriguing boxing match of the year, the ice cold Kazakh puncher and the flame-haired Mexican go head to head as two of the sport's biggest names put it all on the line.
Canelo's camp wanted more time for Alvarez to grow into being a true 160-pound fighter, but the whispers in boxing was De La Hoya didn't want his golden goose to be in any potential danger of losing a fight. This is our Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend gift to boxing and to boxing fans. Most definitely. It showed but what I won out of that was the experience.
There's plenty for fight fans to ponder in the buildup to this bout. Pictured: Alvarez and Golovkin attend their final press conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.