Gennady Golovkin is not only fighting for victory against Canelo Alvarez in a rematch of their September meeting but the Kazakh puncher is driving to put right a hotly-debated judging decision.
On the night last fall, Golovkin seemingly controlled vast stages of the contest with the Mexican in an exciting clash, and if you seek to claim boxing odds here you’ll notice he’s favoured to do the same again.
At fractions of 4/7 with most bookmakers, ‘GGG’ has the opportunity to take Canelo’s lineal crown and move up to super-middleweight firmly in the knowledge he’s well and truly conquered the 160 pound weight class.
In the first meeting, WBN scored ten rounds to two in favour of Golovkin, with the general consensus being the veteran did enough to win at least eight of those ten – upon reflection.
Despite looking at the stats and viewing punching figures numerous times since – it’s hard to see how Canelo was able to turn the tables so damagingly as shown on Adalaide Byrd’s most controversial of 118-110 scorecards.
Even Don Trella’s scoring of 114-114 is hard to fathom as the four-belt champion gaining tallies of 116-112 across the board would have been the correct result and still warrant a return to give Canelo another chance.
Golovkin will turn 36 in April just prior to the planned return, whilst Canelo is still a relative spring chicken at 27 despite having been around for an age after turning pro at 15.
Could this have a bearing? Not likely as Golovkin has hardly been involved in wars his entire career.
Having upped his opposition over the past twelve months against the likes of Danny Jacobs and Canelo, Golovkin has been taken far more rounds, although spent the first 36 bouts of his career barely going past eight sessions with anyone.
It all makes for another spectacle to captivate the boxing world and will see the Las Vegas strip buzzing again for fight week at the beginning of May for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
WBN has already put a week aside to be part of the formalities for what could once again prove to be one of the fights of the year.