Saul Canelo Alvarez v Gennady GGG Golovkin III

All boxing events are continuing to be rescheduled or postponed but one fight has been making the headlines as of late and that is a rumored third bout between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin. The first two fights left a sour taste in Golovkin's mouth and he has been clamoring for this fight since the judges scores were read out for a second time. Not too many people will argue that GGG deserved the decision in the first fight but I have always said the second fight could have gone either way. The rivalry between the two boxers is a refreshing change from the perceived rivalries elsewhere in the sport. The heavyweight and welterweight divisions in particular fail to deliver the fights we all want to see so hopefully this third fight will once and for all settle this long standing feud.

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Will it happen?

Canelo and GGG - Two future Hall of Famers
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As with every fight super fight in boxing there is little to go on until a date and venue is secured. Canelo has struggled to find opponents that will make people buy the PPV event. His deal with DAZN lessens that burden to an extent but the likes of Callum Smith and Bill Joe Saunders have not exactly whetted the appetite of America's boxing fan base. Until another challenger pops his head up from the rankings this fight is the one most people want to see and it is far and away the best seller out there. Canelo has options after his recent movement up in weight but he must surely see this as the less risky option. There are some champions at light-heavyweight who hit hard and can take punches from a smaller man, which Canelo would be. He has taken the best GGG has to offer and at 37, he will be more confident of securing another win against a fighter who's best days may be behind him. Golovkin, meanwhile, needs this fight. He has a long reigning title defence behind him and has cleaned out the middleweight division on more than once occasion. The only matter to put right is the draw and the defeat to Alvarez. If GGG gets this victory on his resume then he can happily retire into the hall of fame. These two fighters are still the top two at middleweight and both have world titles to put on the line so it seems like all signs are pointing towards a third fight. Time will tell.


GGG

Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1) (35KO) fought twice in 2019. His first fight after the Canelo setback was a fourth round victory over Steve Rolls. He won back a share of the middleweight crown against Derevyanchenko in a terrific fight. I covered this fight with a correct prediction back in October. GGG still has the punch resistance to take on Canelo in the middle of the ring as he did in the previous two meetings but age has to be a factor we take into consideration this time around. I questioned whether Golovkin had it in him at 37 to have last one go at topping the division and while many spectators were not impressed with his fight against Derevyanchenko I still seen the fire and grit in Golovkin needed for this bout.

 

Canelo

Saul Alvarez (53-1-2) (36KO) has moved up and down the weights since his majority decision win over Golovkin at the second attempt. He demolished Rocky Fielding at super middleweight for a small share of the WBA title before moving back down to middleweight to fight Daniel Jacobs. Canelo reigned as the WBC, WBA and IBF champion after a unanimous decision win before promoters and all the rest stepped in to split up the division yet again. It is Canelo's last fight which intrigued me more than any other. I predicted a late stoppage win after his move up to light heavyweight to dethrone Sergey Kovalev. I do not think that is one division Canelo is to keen to further explore with some of the punchers up there. Canelo is eight years Golovkin's junior and we may be yet to even see the best of the fiery Mexican. 

 


Prediction

It would take a brave punter to back against Canelo if this fight can be made. He is most fans' number one pound for pound in the sport and has yet to reach 30 years old yet. His potential could be frightening but also could his lack of 'super fight' opponents. His winning run will come to an end eventually and I wouldn't rule this one as a one sided contest. Golovkin will more than likely be in the shape of his life and up for this fight more than any other. He will not lie down and be bulldozed. The best way to victory for him is if Canelo takes his eye off the boil a little bit and I can see that happening with the way he has talked in the press about this fight. I forecast a spirited performance and strong start from Golovkin but I think his body may give up on him later in the fight. He will trouble Canelo and may even try to force a stoppage if that is at all possible but Canelo will wear him down and eventually secure a fair unanimous decision or maybe even a late stoppage.


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