Boxing tips: Our 2/1 pick for Golovkin v Alvarez
Make the most of Saturday night's middleweight title rematch in Las Vegas with these boxing tips, which predict victory for the WBC, WBA and IBO champion.
Here we go again.
The biggest fight in boxing is on again this weekend, with the two best middleweights in the world meeting for the second time in Las Vegas.
Two things marred the first fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez in September 2017.
First, the result: a split draw, despite most of those in boxing agreeing that GGG had earned a clear decision victory.
Second, Alvarez’s subsequent failed drug test, which almost derailed this rematch completely.
Nevertheless, the first meeting was a great fight, and this one should be, too.
Canelo made a fast start a year ago, using his footwork and accuracy to make GGG miss and land the jab consistently.
The Mexican tired as the fight went on, though, and was constantly walked down in the later rounds.
Canelo has the power to put most middleweights on their back. He has closed out 34 of his 49 wins inside the distance.
He hit GGG with his best right hand last time around, though, and the Kazakh barely flinched.
No one has had the power to back Golovkin up, and there were no signs in the last fight to suggest that will change in this rematch.
Canelo might again take the first couple of rounds, but his conditioning is clearly an issue and Golovkin has proven that he can push the pace for the full distance.
For that reason, the 36-year-old looks the one to back at .
It’s unlikely, however, that Golovkin will add to his tally of 34 knockouts.
Canelo’s defence is underrated. He has excellent head movement and was never in any danger of being stopped in the first fight, so he’ll probably make it to the final bell again.
Barring any shenanigans with the decision, a win on points for Golovkin is the best bet.
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