By: Victor O. Garcia, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Video Reporter
Las Vegas, NV (September 15, 2017)— Without a doubt the most anticipated boxing match of the year is finally here. This Saturday Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will step into the ring with the known boogieman of the middleweight division and the current WBC, WBA, and IBF World Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs). The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and it will be televised LIVE on HBO PPV. First telecast bout will start at 6PM/PT.
The entire boxing world has been asking for this mega-fight to happen for a couple years now. It all got serious when Alvarez defeated the former WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto back in November 2015. Golovkin was the interim WBC middleweight champion at the time and he was also the mandatory challenger. Moments after Canelo defeated Cotto, HBO’s Max Kellerman asked the Mexican fighter if he was willing to fight Gennady Golovkin and Alvarez showed no fear and said he was willing to step in the ring with him at that moment and time. That is when the mega-fight was born.
22-months later, the two champions come face-to-face after hitting the scale at the weigh-in of their matchup. Both fighters make the weight limit of 160-pounds.
This matchup has no signs of it being a disappointment and will live up to the hype, unlike previous mega-fights. Canelo has the youth but with a lot of experience. At only 27-years old the red-headed kid accomplished a lot and has become the biggest influence in boxing. Canelo has the skills and abilities to come out victorious. Golovkin, on the other hand, has fought his entire professional career as a middleweight and has dominated the division for years now. His KO ratio is impressive. He has knocked out 33 of his 37 opponents. With Canelo’s impressive head-movement and counter-punching ability, and Golovkin’s underestimated boxing skills and power, this fight is destined to become one of the all-time greatest match ups.
“I don’t like to talk too much. I just want to say that I’m prepared. I know it will be a tough fight. I just want you all to enjoy it like I’m going to enjoy it.
I’m really, really excited to get in and fight. The excitement is there. The adrenaline is there. I have nothing to say to him. They know what kind of fighter I am. I’m prepared. I’m ready.
All I want to tell him is look, let’s give the fans a great fight.” Said Canelo.
Golovkin also shared a few words about the fight, “I am really happy to see everybody in Vegas. I want to thank Golden Boy and GGG Promotions for the great work, our sponsors and HBO. I don’t want to talk too much. I am ready. I respect Canelo’s team. This is a big day not only for us, but for boxing and this era. This will be a huge historic fight at T-Mobile Arena. I feel comfortable. I see that Canelo is ready. He is ready for serious business, a serious fight. This fight will be the biggest gift to the people.”
The undercard is stacked with a lot of young talent. The co-main event features the return of top undefeated contender Jospeh Diaz Jr (24-0, 13 KOs) who will take on Rafael Rivera 25-0-2, 16 KOs) in a WBC featherweight title eliminator. Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) and Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) will face off in a 10-round super bantamweight matchup for the El Matador’s NABF Super Bantamweight title and the vacant NABO Super Bantamweight title. Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) will take on Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) for Ryan’s WBC Continental Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental lightweight titles in the opening bout of the HBO PPV telecast.
Also on the undercard is U.S Olympian and bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (2-0, 0KOs) will take on Tania Cosme (5-6-1, 1 KO) in a flyweight matchup.
“I just want to say that I’m extremely honored to be here on such an amazing card. I want to thank Golden Boy and everybody who’s believed in me and supported me. I want to thank my who’s put in a lot of work. This is my third fight now, and I’m only getting better and better. I’m hoping to put on an amazing show. This time I’ll be fighting in six three-minute rounds. I’ve trained really hard for it. I’m hoping it put on a great show. It’s going to be amazing.”