But he faces a tough opponent in Alvarez, who won the WBC title in 2015 and has not lost a fight since going down to a majority points decision against Floyd Mayweather in 2013. Even more important than his power is the way he applies it. Golovkin is economical with his punches, with CompuBox finding he lands an average of 27.5 punches/round compared to an all-division average of 16.8.
Golovkin tends to pressure his opponents and is very active in the ring; always moving forward and stalking his opponents. But the bigger thing is the fight is finally here.
Other than the Mayweather fight, Canelo has looked almost unstoppable against top tier opponents like Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan. They all fought on the same card in Jalisco in 2008 and oldest brother, Rigoberto, went on to win the WBA interim world light middleweight title.
"This wasn't like Canelo not being ready", Golovkin said in a statement to the media.
Canelo could win by out-boxing him but I just can't see that happening. That's why we prepared, and also to give the fans a handsome fight.
Fight of the Year, much too close to call, as two knockout kings fail to knock each other out.
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Alvarez is a veteran of nine contests in Vegas - nine more than Golovkin has undertaken in the United States' fight capital.
"I know he's a strong fighter".
Ultimately, Mayweather showed the world he's an all-time great and that Alvarez still had work to do.
After the spectacle that was Mayweather and McGregor, boxing fans finally get to see two of the best boxers now in the sport going toe-to-toe inside of the ring at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
"I can assure you that I will do my part and I will do my best to give you all a lovely fight". I've worked hard for all the opportunities I've been given so I've got a real chance of getting myself into that position. I think GGG's experience will give him an extremely slight edge and I would not be shocked to be wrong on this one. But at 35, it appears that Alvarez has closed the gap while pushing the fight off and more experts and current fighters than ever before believe Canelo might have the body attack and accurate counter shots to disarm the Kazakh slugger and win a decision. I feel very comfortable.