Drama unfolden as expected on Friday as middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez took center stage.
The pair weighed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas prior to their battle at the T-Mobile Arena across the street, both looking in awesome shape and well under the limit.
Golovkin is always drawn and a little gaunt in the face during the run up to hitting the scales. Once he whipped off his tracksuit, Golovkin unveiled a solid and chisled body underneath.
For his part, Canelo was just as ripped having dropped some bulk in the aim of keeping his speed.
Neither showed any signs of nerves, although the head-to-head brought some animosity out of Canelo.
Constant jibes regarding his failed drugs test from Team Golovkin eventually caught up with the Mexican and he couldn’t resist attempting to intimidated the Kazakh.
Almost falling off his chair knowing what was about to happen for the first time since February, Canelo darted across the stage. Golovkin stood firm though and didn’t flinch an inch – which is only to his credit.
All roads lead to Saturday night and a match-up long in the making. The needle, bad blood or whatever you want to call it just adds further to the expection.
Canelo and Golovkin will trade blows, there will be blood and we all can’t wait for the first punch.
On the undercard, a tasty grudge match between David Lemieux and Gary O’Sullivan threatens to steal the show. There’s also another chance to see young, up and coming champion Jaime Munguia.
The Mexican is an overwhelming favorite to defeat Brandon Cook and most are expecting a knockout.
On man with a point to prove on the bill is Roman Gonzalez following his double loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Injury and postponements have meant the Nicaraguan has been forced to wait a year to come back. Although this delay could serve ‘Chocolatito’ well in his quest to fill out at 115 pounds.
It may not seem a big jump from 112, but Gonzalez has found it tough at the higher limit. The former pound for pound number one may now be a little more comfortable against Moises Fuentes.
All will be revealed when the bell rings.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay