Gennady Golovkin will be looking to remain undefeated as a professional fighter when he puts his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles online on Saturday in a highly anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez as a -155 favorite on the Canelo-Golovkin chances.
When their September 2017 clash ended in a draw golovkin was denied the success in his tangle with Canelo. The controversial decision by the judges marks the only blemish on the native of Kazakhstan’s professional boxing record, which sits in 38-0-1 moving into Saturday night’s bout at T-Mobile Arena.
Since storming onto the stage in 2006, finishing competitions on 34 occasions by KO or TKO, golovkin has dominated the division. Because claiming the WBA interim middleweight crown in 2010 the 36-year-old has held a minumum of one name belt. His most recent ring look came in May, when he desired fewer than five minutes to knock American Vanes Martirosyan as a huge -2500 favorite.
Martirosyan stepped into face GGG as a replacement opponent in that tilt, substituting Canelo, who was forced to withdraw from a planned rematch with Golovkin after getting given a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing two drug evaluations.
The suspension farther added to the current controversy which unfolded after one of the judges watched Canelo as a lopsided 118-110 winner over GGG in their first conflict, believed by many observers to be a far more closely contested struggle. Together with his suspension currently served, the stage is set for the 28-year-old to return to action as a +125 underdog on the GGG vs. Canelo combat odds.
Canelo Boasts a Stellar Record from the Ring
Much like GGG, Canelo enjoys a near-perfect professional boxing record, using a narrow majority decision loss to the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a +235 underdog in September 2013 symbolizing the only defeat his 49-1-2 record.
The Mexican celebrity followed up that reduction with seven straight victories, including four knockouts, but had all 12 rounds to earn the unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as -425 chalk in his final winning visit to the ring May, 2017.
A former ruler of this vacant The Ring middleweight title, which will also be up for grabs from Saturday’s struggle, Canelo also previously held the WBA (Unified), WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine mild middleweight titles.
While four of his past seven conflicts are settled with the judges, the 28-year-old has also shown punching power, knocking out opponents on 34 occasions. If Canelo is to emerge victorious on Saturday, then it is not expected to be inside the space. The Mexican celebrity is a protracted +800 wager to claim success by KO, TKO, or disqualification on the Golovkin vs. Canelo chances, even though a victory by technical or decision decision pays out on +185 odds.