Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez have agreed to what will be the most anticipated fight of 2017 when the pair of superstars collide at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Ahead of what is sure to be an interesting build-up between both camps, and what is seen by boxing betting sites as a pick ‘em contest, their respective form has been inspected dating back to Golovkin and Canelo’s last three outings.
Many see Canelo as taking his greatest challenge since Floyd Mayweather at the right time – having delayed the fight for a year, as Golovkin didn’t look his usual unbeatable self in a recent win against Danny Jacobs.
Sceptics – on the other hand, believe it could have been a deliberate ploy by ‘GGG’ and his team to take their foot off the gas in order entice Canelo to accept the lucrative carrot dangling in front of him.
Whatever the reason, fans can look forward to the biggest Pay-Per-View encounter since former Pound for Pound king Mayweather beat arch-rival Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Arena back on May 2 of 2015.
Here’s a look at the last three bouts:
March 18, 2017 vs Danny Jacobs
Golovkin put Jacobs down in round four and looked on his way to a stoppage win, although Jacobs regrouped to find his rhythm and eventually ran ‘GGG’ close on the cards.
Result: Golovkin UD (115-112 , 114-113)
September 10, 2016 vs Kell Brook
With the distinct advantage of being comfortable at 160 pounds, Golovkin was able to take welterweight champion Brook’s punches with minimum damage whilst inflicting maximum with his own.
In the end, Brook was saved by his corner in the fifth round.
Result: Golovkin TKO5
April 23, 2016 vs Dominic Wade
Wade was predicted to be out-of-his-depth beforehand, and so it proved as Golovkin ripped through the American in two rounds.
Result: Golovkin KO2
May 6, 2017 vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Despite campaigning over 155 pounds for the first time in his career, Canelo possessed way too much skill for Chavez, who was dominated for the duration of a one-sided twelve-round fight.
Result: Canelo UD (120-108 )
September 17, 2016 vs Liam Smith
Smith showed plenty of heart in the fight but was just no match for the superior power and aggression of Canelo – who was able to wear the Brit down before ending the contest prior to the home straight.
Result: Canelo KO9
May 7, 2016 vs Amir Khan
Canelo seemed to struggle with Khan’s accuracy and speed for the first four rounds, but began to find his range in the fifth, before connecting with a shuddering blow in the sixth to turn the Bolton man’s lights out.
Result: Canelo KO6
Final form scores: Golovkin 21 – Canelo 22