GGG vs. Canelo 2 Nearly Got Into Scuffle At Official Weigh-Ins

Irene MckinneySep 15, 2018

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago.

Much has also been made of the judges for the upcoming super fight, after the performance of the officials came in for ridicule and criticism after their first fight in September of past year. Of course, given the way one of the most highly-anticipated boxing events in recent memory ended, a rematch was warranted.

Whether that translates into a more entertaining fight remains to be seen.

Sanchez said a decisive victory for Golovkin will cement his place amongst the greatest middleweights in boxing history, delivering a signature victory that his otherwise stellar CV lacks. He has had 13 world title fights and won championships at 154 and 160 pounds. Despite the draw, Golovkin retained his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles.

Golovkin and his team have repeatedly publicly criticised Alvarez, after the fight was initially postponed due to the Mexican fighter testing positive for clenbuterol in March of 2018.

Scores of 114-114 and 115-113 in Golovkin's favour appeared to fairly reflect the narrow margin between the two men - but ringside judge Adelaide Byrd's freaky scorecard, ruling in favour of Canelo by 118-110, left many observers baffled.

"I'm bothered by all the stupid things they've been saying and I've been using it as motivation in my training for this fight". Alvarez was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for six months, and then Golovkin's camp demanded a better split of the purse than he got for the first bout.

But his Hall of Fame-bound career has hit a few speed bumps recently that can only be excused with a good showing against Golovkin in the HBO pay-per-view ($74.95) bout at T-Mobile Arena.

Alvarez blamed the positive test on contaminated meat but Golovkin has questioned the 28-year-old's character over it.

The South Point sportsbook in Las Vegas said it was seeing good action on both fighters and bumped up its price on Golovkin to -150.

"I'm going to go in there to knock him out", Alvarez said. "But I'm going in there to knock him out".

"I defeated him at the weigh-in, now it's time for me to defeat him on Saturday".

"I just want him (Alvarez) to do what he says he will do and try for a knockout", said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez. "Every night before bed I visualize what I'm going to do, which is to get a knockout".

"Tomorrow is a real war".

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