Golovkin, Canelo prepare for boiling point in grudge match

Gennady Golovkin punching Canelo Alvarez

Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez both had to be restrained by their camps after facing off ahead of their long-awaited rematch.

Last year, the pair of world-class middleweights clashed in Las Vegas, Nevada in a tremendous back-and-forth affair.

Golovkin, who most observers believe should have been awarded victory in last September's drawn first fight, has rubbished Alvarez's explanation for the failed drug tests.

The two middleweights meet exactly a year after their first fight was controversially declared a draw, despite most ringside spectators calling the fight a win for GGG.

A fight that had to happen after the disputed draw in the first bout nearly didn't come to be after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol just before beginning training for what was supposed to be a May rematch.

Golovkin appeared to have done enough to edge Canelo out during a thrilling 12-round contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, only to be denied by the judges' scorecards in a now-infamous decision.

Tonight (Fri. September 14, 2018) Canelo and Golovkin will face off one final time before stepping into the ring against one another.

With one less world title on the line, talks between Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, and Canelo's handler, Oscar De La Hoya, became increasingly ill-tempered in the months that followed - and the fighters followed suit.

Golovkin is unbeaten with a 39-0-1 record, while Alvarez is 49-1-2, with his only loss coming against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

In the hours leading up to the first fight, a late flurry of money on Golovkin drove his odds to -200 before the bell sounded. A more stationary Alvarez, of course, would make him easier to hit, but Alvarez is more comfortable as a boxer and counter puncher and used those skills to his advantage in the first fight. Golovkin weighed 159.6 pounds and Alvarez weighed 159.4.

"I'm angry but I'm going to use it in my favor in this fight", Alvarez said.

The middleweight rematch the world has been waiting for is set to launch BT Sport's new pay-per-view channel, BT Sport Box Office, in spectacular style. Alvarez said he thought he won seven or eight rounds, while Golovkin disagreed. "I would expect quite a few large bets Saturday".

"If he does that we'll be treated to a great fight". "It's a real fight, a real war". "Every night before bed I visualize what I'm going to do, which is to get a knockout".

"If he intends to knock out Golovkin, he's going to have to fight him", Sanchez said.

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