Canelo Alvarez's boxing legacy has reached its defining moment

Canelo Alvarez's boxing legacy has reached its defining moment

Alvarez is scheduled to fight Gennady Golovkin in a title bout Saturday in Las Vegas.

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

Members of both entourages quickly got between the two fighters to head off a physical confrontation after Alvarez appeared to rush towards Golovkin, who didn't flinch.

Saturday's 12-round battle comes nearly a year to the day after the two fighters battled to a controversial draw in their first encounter.

The undefeated boxing champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) will defend his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles in a rematch against Mexican Canelo Alvarez. Barring any "backroom politics", the rematch set for this Saturday (September 16th) is being billed as more than a unification fight for all the Middleweight straps, but as the deciding vote in choosing the number one spot on the Pound for Pound list, regardless of division.

The two were initially schedule for a May 5 rematch, but it had to be canceled because Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance twice.

Sanchez said a decisive victory for Golovkin will cement his place amongst the greatest middleweights in boxing history, delivering a signature victory that his otherwise stellar CV lacks.

Their eagerly-anticipated showdown will be held at the same venue as their controversial split draw was last September, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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. "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he chose to make it a track meet".

The Golovkin camp has been relentless in chastising Alvarez for the failed test and postponement of the rematch.

"He's promised the fans he's going to knock him out, but in order to do that you have to be in range", Sanchez said.

An ill-tempered confrontation before several thousand fans at the T-Mobile Arena saw a minor scuffle after the two fighters came together after stepping on the scales.

The preliminary fights will get underway at 8:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT.

A year ago, this was the biggest fight in the world. "It's a little bit different this time, but I believe it will be a big fight for the fans".

"If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out", Golovkin said.

"This fight means a lot to me because of all that has happened and all that has been said", Alvarez said.

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