The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the venue; Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are the fighters.
Almost exactly one year on from that controversial draw in the first bout between these men, two of boxing’s great pound-for-pound warriors will go head to head in what is the most eagerly anticipated fight of the year.
Boxing fans across the globe were left thrilled after the first bout – it will go down in history as one of the most exciting fights in modern times.
Gennady Golovkin on Canelo Alvarez:— 888sport (@888sport) September 5, 2018
"I want to punish him. I want to have a fight and punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done - to size him down and put them in their place."
Bring on next weekend! 🥊 pic.twitter.com/3DfLDPm8sm
According to Bad Left Hook, Golovkin out landed Canelo in 10 of the 12 rounds and plenty of punters will be siding with the 36-year-old again this weekend.
Adalaide Byrd must have been watching another fight on September 16th 2017. With the world watching on and waiting for the result, Byrd scored the bout 118-110 in favour of Canelo.
The other judges; Dave Moretti and Don Trella scored it 115-113 to Golovkin and then 114-114 respectively. The worldwide reaction to Byrd’s scorecard said it all…
Golovkin is the red-hot favourite to emerge victorious in the rematch; 888sport are 8/13 for the Kazakhstani boxer to prevail.
That draw is the sole blemish on Golovkin’s record and it would be foolish to back against GGG with that in mind. Money and boxing go hand-in-hand but Golovkin admitted that he agreed to take 45% of the purse.
To some, reputation is more important than anything else. Maintaining his unbeaten record is Golovkin’s only objective ahead of this weekend’s bout – the 37/20 available for GGG to win by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification is worth considering.
However, opting for an early stoppage in a fight of this magnitude may be unwise.
Fancy the fight to go the distance? 888sport traders opened with 21/50 for this bout to go to the judges’ scorecards. There will be a few nervous viewers waiting for the final result to be announced if we are waiting for scores again.
Surely we aren’t in for another dramatic result after Byrd’s embarrassing record in the first contest. Canelo fans, you may be interested by the 13/10 available for the Mexican to prosper.
While most boxing followers admitted that Golovkin shaded the first bout, Canelo is eight years his junior and that could take its toll in the championship rounds. Golovkin has been there and done it all on the big stage but Canelo has the experience to go close.
Now 28 years old, Canelo is in the prime of his career and he will be looking to take his spot at the top of world boxing.
2. Days.— 888sport (@888sport) September 13, 2018
❤️ - Canelo
🔁 - GGG pic.twitter.com/dNFTFyOUWd
In the initial bout, Canelo landed the more eye-catching punches but Golovkin got through more work. A similar pattern is expected in the early hours of Sunday morning.
This looks sure to be another close contest and punters may have a difficult job splitting the two fighters. Golovkin is 5/1 to win in rounds 7-12 and that may be the best bet in terms of value.
The Kazakh will be a popular winner with boxing traditionalists after edging the first encounter. Watch this space, it should be an explosive affair in Nevada.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*