Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin II: Fight Preview

Nearly a year to the day since their last encounter, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will face off in a rematch in Las Vegas and hopefully this time we’ll see a winner.

The last fight ended in a controversial draw, with one judge giving Canelo a big win, one just siding with ‘GGG’ and one scoring the showdown 114-114.  Most observers though felt Golovkin had edged a close contest but, personally, a draw wasn’t necessarily a shock result.

The Mexican arguably connected with the better shots, so there is a case to say Canelo could have been handed the win, although Golovkin’s work-rate and the fact he was the more aggressive of the two could have seen him emerge as the victor.

Whatever your take on the first fight there is no denying this rematch is required – and it should be another excellent contest between these two middleweight greats.

Alvarez has had a total of 52 fights, winning 49 and losing just once – to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 – while Golovkin has had fewer fights, 39, winning 38 and is yet to lose. GGG has also had a contest since their drawn fight, defeating American Vanes Martirosyan by KO.

Golovkin is the 1.60 favourite and Canelo can be backed at 2.35 in the straightforward fight outcome market, but it could be closer than those odds suggest.

Fight To Go The Distance Yes @ 1.40

The last time these two warriors clashed some incredible punches were landed, but neither ever looked in real danger of being stopped.

In the fifth round, Golovkin managed to connect fully and sent Canelo backwards but the Mexican simply shook his head to indicate he wasn’t hurt. Meanwhile, in the ninth ‘Triple G’ was caught with a huge right hand that would have ended most fights, but he barely flinched and managed to keep moving forward.

I’m not sure what it takes to knock either of these guys down and backing this rematch to go the distance looks an absolute banker for Saturday’s mega fight.

Golovkin to win by decision or technical decision @ 3.25

Canelo is probably the better of the two fighters technically, and on paper his counter-punching style should be the perfect method for victory against GGG – who likes to fight on the front-foot and chase down opponents.

However, the Kazakh can soak up big hits with ease and shots that would send most to the canvas seem to have little or no effect, as we saw time and time again in their first meeting.

When GGG was enjoying success at close range, Canelo always seemed to find a way out of danger and it could well be a similar story in their rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas.

In such even affairs often it is the fighter who shows the greater willing to push forward who is handed the win via the judges, and this time the pound-for-pound king may well be handed a points victory.