Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin III

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will once again play host to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, as they complete their trilogy this Saturday.

When this fight was originally confirmed earlier this summer, the announcement was met with a hint of apathy, as it seemed as though no-one was overly interested in seeing the two fighters square off for a third time.

With ‘Triple G ’(9/2 to win fight) now at the ripe old age of 40, appetite to see another instalment was low, but as time has passed and we’ve edged ever closer to the event things have started to pick up, with everyone being reminded just how fierce a rivalry these two share.

Coming off the back of his loss to Dmitry Bivol earlier this year, Canelo (1/6 to win fight) is in a place in his career that many perhaps never foresaw, and there are question marks over the Mexican.

Notions of him cruising up and up in weight and destroying all before him were always fanciful, and with the benefit of hindsight we can all state he should have lost to Bivol, but that certainly wasn’t the prevailing thought pre-fight.

The only other loss on his record, to Floyd Mayweather Jr, was expected. The sort in which his reputation was only enhanced. ‘He gave it a good go’.

But his foray into the light-heavyweight division to face the Russian, whatever allowances he may be given because of the humongous challenge it was, showed vulnerability, chinks in the armour many perceived not to exist.

That’s why this weekend, back at super-middleweight, we find Mexico’s number one attraction on the precipice of an ever-so-slightly tainted legacy. Simply, he must win.

For GGG meanwhile, he looks to put right the only two blemishes on his record, both of which he, and many fans, think shouldn’t exist at all. Whether you agree or not, the record books show a draw and a loss for the Kazakhstani, meaning Saturday is a chance for a correction of his mythology.

An opportunity to prove that he is indeed the superior fighter, and with it, to put the first two fights in a very different light when we look back upon the trilogy, and indeed his career, in years to come.

Forensics …

In terms of style and skill level, these two are still very well-matched. Canelo, as we saw with Bivol, can tend to struggle against opponents with a good, solid boxing base to their game. GGG himself, Kovalev and Saunders all gave him some degree of trouble, taking rounds and giving him issues.

The problem for Golovkin here could be that if he starts slow, he’ll play into the hands of Canelo who tends to ramp up his offence as the fight goes on, and he works his opponent out.

With that said, the Mexican has remarked pre-fight how he intends to start aggressively, and it would seem he’s coming into this one with a higher degree of emotion than he usually would.

We don’t think we’ll see any early drama. These two are far too shrewd to allow that to happen, but an abnormally fast start from Canelo could play into the hands of Golovkin. Perhaps what his suggested early onslaught could represent is his desire to really put a stamp on this rivalry and put to bed questions over the first two fights.

Ultimately this bout will be an extremely high level contest that brings a lot of entertainment to the table. Can Golovkin win? Of course, but we have to be sensible and go Canelo on points at 11/10.

Another good bet here could be our Boxing Social boost – ‘Alvarez To Win In Rounds 7-12 (WAS 11/4)’ at 7/2.

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Chris Coates