Gennady Golovkin: 37 wins from 37, and unifier of the middleweight division. Known as the God of War, GGG has put himself in the history books, and goes to the ropes as heavy favourite whoever he fights.
However, the Kazakh’s up-and-coming fight against Saul Alvarez has a different build up; Alvarez, a highly regarded fighter following his 49 wins from 51 fights – with one draw – has been tipped to put an end to Triple G’s unbeaten run.
Known for his power and taking the fight to his opponent, Álvarez’s reputation has blossomed since his dispatching of Britain’s, Amir Khan, and impressive victory over Julio César Chávez Jr.
It has led to Floyd Mayweather – who needs no introduction – to favour the Mexican in the fight this coming September:
“Do I think Triple G can beat Canelo? Absolutely not.
“I think there’s a few guys that can beat Triple G, and Canelo is on the top of the list, I believe that he’ll beat him.” — Floyd Mayweather
In what is a big statement from Mayweather, it seems that GGG’s camp are taking zero notice of the claim made by the undefeated American. Mayweather is the only fighter to inflict defeat on Canelo, and Golovkin’s trainer – speaking to Sky Sports – believes Money only won because of his defensive approach:
“Mayweather is more of a safety first fighter and I think that’s what made it a lacklustre fight, even though he was dominant,”
“Like with Kell [Brook], Golovkin just being the heavier puncher and the more physical guy. Canelo will wear down, but it’s going to be a very entertaining fight.” — Abel Sanchez, GGG’s trainer, speaking to Sky Sports
Everyone is aware how Mayweather’s defence is something that can not be replicated, but perhaps standing off, rather than taking the fight to Canelo could see the Kazakh come up short.
Triple G is nine years older than Canelo, whilst he also did not come through his most recent fight with Daniel Jacobs in the most convincing of manners.
The fight promises to deliver fireworks, with two aggressive orthodox going toe-to-toe; and, you wouldn’t want to bet against a prediction made by the greatest pound for pound fighter in Floyd Mayweather.