Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Golovkin seeks justice in rematch with Alvarez

Golovkin seeks justice in rematch with Alvarez

"I defeated the weigh-in, and now it's time to defeat him [Saturday] night".

Here's everything you need to know about the event...

A year ago, this was the biggest fight in the world.

In their first meeting, Alvarez fought cagily, deftly slipping away on the ropes and consistently circling to the left to avoid the Kazakh's fearsome jab.

Topping the undercard is rising Mexican star Jaime Munguia, who saw off Britain's Liam Smith on BT Sport in July to extend his flawless record to 30-0 (25 KOs).

Alvarez and Golovkin get another chance to settle what they couldn't last September when they meet in a rematch of their first fight, which ended in a draw.

Despite two judges scoring the fight extremely closely - 114-114 and 113-115 in favour of Golovkin - judge Adalaide Byrd's scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Alvarez had many fans and pundits alike questioning the validity and reliability of the adjudicating.

"It's a real fight", Golovkin said this week.

The 28-year-old vehemently denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he had ingested the drug accidentally as a result of eating contaminated beef from his native Mexico.

The Mexican boxing star was given a surprisingly short six month ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission which allows the rematch to take place this weekend. However, that was scrapped after Canelo failed a drug test for the banned substance, clenbuterol.

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin weighed in first at 159.6 pounds, then challenger Canelo Alvarez weighed 159.4 pounds at their weigh-in on Friday in Las Vegas.

"Everywhere, biceps, stomach, pretty much all over his body you could see injection marks".

Golovkin, (38-0-1, 34 knockouts), is chasing a record-breaking 21st consecutive defence of his middleweight crown when he faces Alvarez again on Saturday, September 15.

With one less world title on the line, talks between Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, and Canelo's handler, Oscar De La Hoya, became increasingly ill-tempered in the months that followed - and the fighters followed suit. "It's kind of disappointing, because I think this is probably going to be the best fight boxing is going to put on this year".

Armed with an iron chin, he will be hoping to add Canelo's name to the list of fighters he has felled inside the distance by inflicting the first knockout defeat of his rival's career.

Some thought Alvarez shied away from a physical brawl with Golovkin that betrayed the warrior reputation that Mexican fighters and fans embrace.

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