The highly anticipated title defense of Gennady Golovkin against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for the unified World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and International Boxing Federation (IBF), Ring magazine, and linear middleweight championship belt is about to unfold on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) is a crusher, boasting the kind of fearsome power that has led him to a so-far undefeated career with a staggering 89 percent knockout rate. Chargin says. "I picked Canelo, but what I'm concerned about is what if he can't take those punches? Because (Golovkin) is very, very risky". Backed by the sport's most die-hard fan base, the 27-year-old from Guadalajara has proven he is primed and ready to take the next step in his career by facing Golovkin. That could be a very big weight difference.
All four PPV fights have title implications, though only the last two are 12-round bouts. The (Julio Cesar) Chavez (Jr.) fight he used it perfectly. It's a paralyzing punch.
But it's also $10-$20 cheaper at most of the places you can pay to go watch it, too. At the same time, it is a unsafe punch to deliver.
Golovkin is taller and has a three inch reach advantage, which could be crucial if the fight is fought at mid range where he tends to like to do a lot of his best work in the past.
In Kazakhstan, the Golovkin vs. Alvarez fight will be aired live by Qazsport and Qazaqstan TV channels on September 17 at 08:50 am Astana time. Expect action that will leave fans begging for a rematch from fighters extremely dedicated to their craft. "And he hit it right on the head". I want to box for five years more maybe until 40, he added.
Decisions, decisions... Even though both men have shown little to no trepidation leading into this Saturday night's spectacle, don't be surprised if this one goes to the judges' scorecards.
Canelo on the other hand shares some of his adversary's strengths, including power, chin and being able to persevere through some rough patches in his fights.