The fight boxing fans covet is finally going to happen. Unlike the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. megafight that may or may not happen, a fight boxing fans have been pining for years officially is. Boxing fans can start planning for Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, a showdown expected to arrive at some point in 2017.
Canelo vs. GGG
The fight pits two of the best active boxers against each other at what is slated to be a 160-pound fight next year. When exactly the fight would happen or where remains to be determined, but sources say it will come next fall.
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This will without a doubt by the most-hyped pro boxing bout since Mayweather took on Manny Pacquiao, and considering many don’t believe either A) McGregor can actually handle an elite boxer or B) the fight will ever happen, there’s little doubt this freshly announced match will take center stage in the boxing realm. Of course, as important as the actual fight is, most will wonder who will actually walk away the winner.
Both fighters are certainly at the top of their respective games, with Gennady Golovkin riding a 22-fight knockout streak and holding two middleweight belts. Canelo is arguably seen as the premiere boxer at the moment, aside from maybe a retired and aging Mayweather, and is the linear middleweight champ.
GGG is the more experienced of the two, as he’d enter the fight at the ripe age of 35. To this point, he’s never lost a pro boxing match and supposing he doesn’t fight again before the mammoth-sized clash, he’d face Canelo with an unblemished 35-0 record with 32 wins by knockout. Should Canelo escape victorious or avoid a knockout, it’d be just the first time in 22 straight bouts a GGG opponent managed to do so.
As impressive as Golovkin has been, his career is closer to winding down and Canelo Alvarez’s is really just getting started. It’s beyond impressive how far Canelo has come so quickly, as at just 25 years old he’s completed 49 pro fights and managed an elite 47-1-1 record. Unlike GGG, Canelo has tasted the sting of defeat in his young career and he’s also had a draw, but he actually has more knockouts (33) and is arguably just as battled tested, despite being nine years younger.
Canelo vs. GGG Odds and Prediction
Not many sites are posting official Canelo vs. Govolkin odds yet because the news is fresh and we don’t know when this fight is happening for sure. In fact, a lot can change in an entire year, as Canelo is scheduled to fight this September and could have two more bouts ahead of him before he’d face GGG. Govolkin could have several matches before this fight happens, as well.
Momentum and experience tends to weigh in GGG’s favor. He hasn’t lost ever in his career and he’s been quite dominant. Without actual odds to work with, our initial instinct is to favor the seasoned GGG, but ever so slightly. We’d be bracing for a slugfest that probably ends up being a Decision.