Set to share the squared circle for the third time, five years to the day of their memorable first fight, middleweight sport standouts, Canelo Álvarez, and Gennady Golovkin look to land some significant clearance between each other and settle one of the greatest, most competitive rivalries in the recent history of professional boxing.
Jalisco favorite, Canelo Alvarez holds brief, if not the slimmest of bragging rights over Kazakh superstar, Gennady Golovkin – scoring a majority judging win over the latter in the pair’s subsequent rematch, following a September 2017 split draw.
It’s certainly not a rubber match between Canelo and Golovkin – however, you’ll likely find yourself hard-pressed to find an outstanding group of opinions from accredited and educated pundits, picking Canelo as a distinct victor back in 2018 – and even more puzzled to find those who picked the Mexico native in their split draw the year prior.
Boxing is a game of the finest margins, akin to most if not all combat sports. And between both Canelo and Golovkin, the margins are just that – minuscule.
In the four years since his second affair with Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez has embarked on a run of seven straight, blistering wins, up and down the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
However, his straight seven series of successes were halted back in May by Golovkin’s continent counterpart, Dmitry Bivol, who latched firmly onto a straightforward victory across 12 rounds.
Canelo Alvarez has only suffered a prior loss to Floyd Mayweather
The loss came as the esteemed Canelo’s second of his decorated, gold-laden professional career – following a prior defeat against sport icon, Floyd Mayweather when Canelo was just 22 years of age.
As for Golovkin, however, the unified middleweight champion – who challenges for Canelo’s super middleweight crowns in September, has only ever blemished against the Mexican in a 44 fight career, including their split draw.
The Olympic silver medalist has been limited to just four outings inside the squared circle since his 2018 rematch with Canelo – who has stacked eight further matchups in the same timeframe.
Tackling former WBA super middleweight champion, Ryota Murata back in April at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Golovkin turned in a stunning, ninth round TKO win – clinching the WBA crown and retaining his own IBF and IBO thrones.
Just as you’re likely to find it difficult to accrue a group of experts or even fans to agree on whom won either of the duo’s first two tangles, you’re also as likely to find punters who are hugely confident in their pick ahead of the September trilogy matchup.
Whilst method and prop bets, available on Casino777 Switzerland, appear to favor a finish in the corner of Canelo Alvarez – the Mexican is available at rather notably, favorable odds, opening an an initial -410 betting favorite. As for Gennady Golovkin, the elder, 40-year-old veteran is priced at early doors as an underdog in the region of +290.
Closing as high as -600 ahead of his May upset loss to the aforenoted, Bivol – Canelo Alvarez has rarely found himself entertaining affairs as the underdog, however, his most recent defeat came as just his second career walk at the light heavyweight limit – while his first came in the form of a superb 11th round KO of Sergey Kovalev back in 2019.