Old Rivals Set to Reunite in Trilogy

San Antonio, Texas/United States - May 7, 2014: Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara Press Conference for their fight in Las Vegas. Here Canelo Alvarez.


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are considered two of the greatest boxers of their generation. Both men have had a lot of success in the ring, with the former still dominating the super middleweight division.

Alvarez and Golokvin have shared the ring twice. They first met in September 2017 in a hugely anticipated fight. The judges scored the contest a draw, which was controversial, as many pundits felt Golovkin had done enough to win.

In their rematch in 2018, Alvarez came out on top after a majority decision on the judges’ scorecards. At the time, he won the WBA (Super) and WBO middleweight titles. It was the 50th success of his professional career. Unsurprisingly, Alvarez is the -450 favorite for those looking to bet on boxing. Golovkin is the underdog at +275 to prevail against the Mexican for the first time, while another draw is +2500. At this stage of their careers, Canelo is likely to be one of the popular boxing betting tips for the bout. Golovkin is now 40 years old, and this could be one of the last fights of his illustrious career.

Alvarez Needs to Bounce Back from Defeat

The undisputed super middleweight champion goes into the fight with Golovkin on the back of a defeat to Dmitry Bivol. It was the first time the Mexican had been beaten since he suffered a heavy loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013.

Canelo went on a run of 16 fights without defeat after the contest with Mayweather Jr. That included 15 wins and a draw. He had victories over the likes of Erislandy Lara, Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Daniel Jacobs, and Sergey Kovalev.

After the 12 rounds with Bivol, all three judges scored the fight in favor of the Russian boxer. Alvarez was stepping up in weight and he found himself on the back foot for the majority of the fight, as his opponent controlled the ring with his jab. He will need to show that defeat has not affected his career heavily when he returns to the ring.

Golovkin Has Won Four Fights on The Spin

Since losing to Alvarez four years ago, Golovkin has gone on a four-fight winning run. In his first fight back from his sole professional loss, the Kazakhstani needed just four rounds to beat Steve Rolls.

Golovkin then became a world champion once again, claiming the IBF middleweight title following 12 rounds with Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He got the unanimous decision from the judges that evening in what was a smart performance.

The world champion has since defended his title twice. He stopped Kamil Szeremeta in the seventh round, and more recently, he added the WBA (Super) version of his crown, with a ninth-round TKO over Ryota Murata.

With 42 wins, one defeat and one draw, Golovkin has one of the best records of any boxer still active professionally today. If he can reverse the result with his rival, it would rank as the greatest achievement of his career.

The third contest between Alvarez and Golovkin is scheduled to take place on September 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada. It is set to be one of the biggest fights of the year in 2022.

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