Fight night tips: The best bets for Golovkin v Alvarez
We make our pick for the biggest fight in boxing, as well as Billy Joe Saunders' world title defence in London.
Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez
It’s a shame that the Mayweather-McGregor sideshow has overshadowed this genuine blockbuster.
With a combined record of 86 wins, one defeat and one draw, these are two of the world’s best fighters, and they are incredibly evenly-matched.
Golovkin is certainly the bigger puncher, and his record of 33 knockouts in 37 fights makes it easy to back him for an early stoppage.
Alvarez is the more skilled boxer, however, and packs plenty of power himself, having knocked out 34 of his 51 opponents to date.
Age is on the 27-year-old Mexican’s side, and he looked fantastic in his last fight – a unanimous decision victory over his compatriot and arch-rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
GGG showed his first signs of weakness – perhaps ever – against Daniel Jacobs last time he entered the ring.
The Kazakh was taken the distance for the first time in 24 bouts, and won by just a single round on two of the judges’ scorecards.
Golovkin is now 35, and it feels like Canelo has picked the perfect time to fight him.
He’s been hit more in his last two fights than at any other time in his career, and only his rock-solid chin protected him against Kell Brook – a pumped-up welterweight – and Jacobs.
Despite how hard Alvarez hits, he probably won’t be able to hurt Golovkin.
But the Mexican has never been stopped either, and should he survive the first six rounds he will be the favourite to triumph.
He’s a much better fighter than he was when he suffered his only defeat, to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013, and has the boxing skills to take advantage of Golovkin’s occasionally lazy footwork and lack of head movement.
A decision victory for Canelo is the right bet at .
Billy Joe Saunders v Willie Monroe Jr.
Four of the five major middleweight titles are up for grabs in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The other is on the line at the Copper Box.
WBO champion Saunders is undefeated in 24 fights, but looked awful in his last bout – a decision win over Artur Akavov at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.
The 28-year-old looks to be in much better shape now, though, and his conditioning – so often a problem – shouldn’t be an issue.
Providing he’s fully focused, he should be able to beat Monroe, whose style shouldn’t be difficult for Saunders to nullify.
The Englishman could be vulnerable against a powerful brawler, but Monroe is more of a counter-puncher who has only knocked out six of his 23 opponents.
He won’t be able to trouble Saunders, whose superior boxing should see him to a comfortable decision win.
That’s the safest bet at .