When Gennady “GGG” Golovkin steps into the ring to defend his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles against Saul “Canelo” Alvaarez in their September rematch, he will enter the ring as a -160 favorite.
In their September 2017 showdown, which was scored a split draw by judges, both GGG and Canelo fought way more technical fights than what many in the boxing media and fans around the world expected. Now, a year later and three months after the rematch was canceled due to a failed drug test by Canelo, the supremely confident Golovkin, wants fans and bettors to know that the second fight will be completely different.
“There is a lot more emotion involved in the fight this time and I’m definitely preparing for and expecting a lot more action,” Golovkin said recently in an exclusive interview with GetMoreSports.com. “This is boxing and come September 15 things will be different. I’m expecting to do my job and put on a dramatic, big-drama show, which will end in me getting my had raised this time.”
After Alvarez failed two drug tests for having Clenbuterol in his system in February, Golovkin was forced to take on Vanes Martirosyan in May. While it wasn’t the big money fight he wanted, Golovkin landed a right uppercut, followed by a body shot in the second round to end Martirosyan’s night early. Though the win was just another blip on the radar to many, the fight showed that Golovkin could still put on a show while still having the ability to finish in grand fashion at 36 years old.
“I wanted to show I still had it and people wanted to know I still have it because everyone wants action,” Golovkin said. “In a sport like boxing we need big drama shows and I’m here to deliver.”
With so much animosity built up because of Canelo’s failed drug tests, the fighters won’t lay eyes on each other or be in the same building until the final press conference two days before the fight. Because of the egos and machismo on both sides of the equation, Golovkin’s world renowned trainer Abel Sanchez, like all fight fans and media, is expecting a classic fight.
“I sure as hell hope we see an explosive, exciting fight this time because we have to remember that we are in the entertainment business because we need to please the fans so that they stick around,” Sanchez said in his exclusive interview with Get More Sports. “We didn’t give fans the explosive fight we wanted the first time, but we tried as Golovkin fought his fight, he always does. But our opponent didn’t want to fight that way. Hopefully with all the egos involved this time and with all the insults going back and forth, we get some semblance of a “Mexican Style” fight, which would be way better than what we got the first time around.”
No matter if your money is on GGG or Canelo on Sept. 15, one thing is for certain: This matchup will be a physical slugfest and the odds of the fight not going the distance will go up tremendously before these two champions fight for boxing supremacy once again.
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