Boxing: For upset-minded Canelo, fight night can't come fast enough


Posted at Sep 15 2017 01:24 AM

Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin. Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun/Reuters

Judging by the way he spoke with the media in Las Vegas on Tuesday, fight night can't come fast enough for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

On Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila), the Mexican challenger will get a chance to prove his detractors wrong by going for an upset against Kazakh world champion Gennady Golovkin. 

“For the people who said this fight wasn’t gonna happen, for the people who said I’m gonna get knocked out, well, the answers will [come] on Saturday night,” Alvarez said in a report on “We’ll see.”

The Golovkin camp’s apparent cockiness isn’t lost on Alvarez.

“There’s been things said from his team, from his camp, him,” Alvarez said. “He’s gonna knock me out, this and that. Well, that’s what we prepared for. We’ll see Saturday night.”

At stake in their 12-rounder set at T-Mobile Arena are Golovkin’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

Alvarez acknowledged it won’t be an easy match since the hard-hitting Golovkin has yet to taste a loss in 33 fights. “Triple G” has an 89% knockout ratio and put to sleep 23 straight opponents before settling for a unanimous decision against former WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.

“This is a true 50-50 fight,” Alvarez said. “So I’m risking it, but so is he. All I have to do on my side is to prepare myself to give the fans a great fight and do what I always do . . . It’s gonna be a great fight.”

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