Gennady Golovkin will be looking to stay undefeated as a professional fighter when he places his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles on the line on Saturday at an extremely anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez as a -155 favored on the Canelo-Golovkin chances.
When their September 2017 battle ended in a draw golovkin was denied the success in his tangle. 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 going into Saturday night’s bout at T-Mobile Arena.
Golovkin has mastered the middleweight division since storming on the professional stage in 2006, finishing opponents on 34 occasions by KO or TKO. Since claiming the WBA interim middleweight crown in 2010 the 36-year-old has held a minumum of one name belt. His latest ring look came in May, when he desired fewer than five minutes to knock American Vanes Martirosyan as a huge -2500 favorite out.
Martirosyan stepped into face GGG as a replacement competitor in that tilt, replacing Canelo, who was made 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 scored Canelo as a lopsided 118-110 winner over GGG within their first conflict, considered by many observers to be a far more closely contested fight. Together with his suspension now functioned, the platform is set for the 28-year-old to return to action as a +125 underdog on the GGG vs. Canelo combat odds.
Canelo Also Boasts a Stellar Record in the Ring
Much like GGG, Canelo appreciates a near-perfect pro boxing record, with a narrow majority decision loss to the mythical Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a +235 underdog in September 2013 representing the only defeat on his 49-1-2 record.
The Mexican celebrity followed that reduction with seven consecutive victories, including four knockouts, but needed all 12 rounds to earn the unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as -425 chalk in his final winning trip 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 fight, Canelo also formerly held the WBA (Unified), WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine light middleweight titles.
While four of his previous seven conflicts have been settled with the judges, the 28-year-old has also demonstrated punching power, knocking out opponents on 34 occasions. If Canelo is to emerge victorious it isn’t expected to be inside the space. The Mexican star is a lengthy +800 bet to claim victory by KO, TKO, or disqualification on the Golovkin vs. Canelo chances, while a victory by decision or technical decision overlooks +185 chances.