Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin

Adalaide Byrd had Álvarez right beating Golovkin 118-110

We are hours away from Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin meeting for the unified middleweight championship of the world from the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in what many fans expect to be the best fight of 2017 and an all-time classics.

What are the fighters' records?

Cotto is aiming to fight the victor of the Alvarez-Golovkin bout before the end of 2017. Then you have a killer in GGG, who until his last fight, had never gone the full 12 rounds in his professional career, having finished 33 of his opponents via KO.

It might not be the fight that will capture the attention of mainstream sports fans, but the bout between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night is appointment viewing for combat sports fans and the kind of event that can restore a bit of faith in boxing. Just note that the fight will only be available through your cable box and not through HBO Go or HBO Now. But, with two powerful punchers with aggressive styles mixing it up in the ring, it'll not be far-fetched to consider that the judges may not be needed after all. That could be a very big weight difference.

Whatever happens, it promises to be a show-stopping night in Sin City, and we've taken a look at some of the best Opta facts ahead of what will surely go down in the annals as one of the all-time epic contests. Those in the United Kingdom will also have their chance to see the much-awaited bout on Box Nation by 2 a.m. local time.

"I'm so excited about this fight".

Poor judging decisions blighted Ward’s second fight with Kovalev left
Poor judging decisions blighted Ward’s second fight with Kovalev leftETHAN MILLER GETTY IMAGES

So logically, many do believe that Golovkin's only chance to beat the red-headed fighter from Jalisco is by a clean and resounding knock-out. It is boxing's biggest fight. While not the best at throwing combinations, Alvarez is more measured in his approach and every shot is with a certain degree of impact.

The issue big fight promoters are running into though are with Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube Live.

Title-holder GGG, a more natural middleweight, was always expected to come in at the limit, but Canelo - who has fought at welterweight in the past - has matched his rival pound for pound.

When pondering specific match-ups in boxing, either between two active fighters or ones of a mythical nature, very few pairings truly give fans what many insiders call "the butterfly" effect.




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