The day the fighting world will see Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin step back into the ring if they’re finally here.
Boxing has had to wait four long years for the trilogy fight to finally come to fruition and the rivalry is set to explode on Sunday (AEST) inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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Both fighters will walk into the ring already knowing that they will be receiving an insane salary.
According to boxingscene.comAlvarez will pocket more than $66 million, while Golovkin will walk away with $30 million
The pay gap comes as no surprise, but it’s just added motivation for Golovkin, who has been on the wrong side of two judges’ controversial decisions in their previous two fights.
Four years after their rematch, which ended in a controversial majority decision victory for the Mexican, the two multi-weight warriors will come to blows again.
In 2017, the pair met in the ring for the first time, and it also controversially ended in a draw, despite many commentators tagging the fight for Golovkin.
The Kazakhstan fighter finally has his chance to avenge those decisions, but he does so with the inconvenience of stepping into the ring at the age of 40.
Golovkin surprised the boxing world on Saturday when he outweighed Alvarez in what will be his first championship-level fight above 160 pounds.
Canelo weighed 76 kg, with GGG weighing only 200 grams more.
Alvarez is coming off a shock loss at lightweight and returned to middleweight for Golovkin’s rematch where he puts his WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring super middleweight titles on the line.
Alvarez has been warned his legacy is in jeopardy if Gennady Golovkin wins the third fight of their epic trilogy in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Promoter Eddie Hearn feels Alvarez can’t afford a second loss on the spin.
The Matchroom promoter said: “If Canelo loses I think he’s in a terrible position after suffering back-to-back defeats. He was pound for pound number one, all of a sudden you probably put him outside the box. top 10 if Golovkin wins.
“It’s going to be such an epic fight and win that everyone will want to see him again. (Golovkin) has already shared 24 rounds with Canelo. He knows how to fight him. It’s not like he has to go in and find the best way to beat him at night.
MAIN MAP RESULTS
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin – undisputed super middleweight titles
Jesse Rodriguez vs. Israel Gonzalez – WBC super flyweight title
Ali Akhmedov defeats Gabriel Rosado via UD (100-90 x 3) – IBF North American Super Middleweight Title
Austin Williams defeats Kieron Conway via UD (96-93, 97-92 x 2) – WBA International Middleweight Title
— with AFP
Originally published as Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin trilogy live updates