The fight that’s been two years in the making and promises to be the best boxing match of 2017 is almost here. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will go head-to-head Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with multiple middleweight belts on the line.
It won’t sell as many pay-per-views as the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, though it’d be shocking if it didn’t rank second on the year in terms of buys. The PPV starts at 8 p.m. EDT, and watching the fight on TV will cost fans $79.99. Three undercard fights will precede the main event between Alvarez and Golovkin.
It was four months ago that the boxers announced the much-anticipated fight would be happening. Just moments after Alvarez dominated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a one-sided unanimous decision, Golovkin entered the ring to let the world know that the bout was on.
Both boxers have done a lot of press since that day, though it hasn’t been nearly as contentious as Mayweather and McGregor’s media tour. Alvarez and Golovkin are ready to finally lace up their gloves and determine the best 160-pound fighter in the world.
“I don’t like to talk too much. I just want to say that I’m prepared,” Alvarez said at the final press conference before the fight. “I know it will be a tough fight. I just want you all to enjoy it like I’m going to enjoy it. I’m really, really excited to get in and fight. The excitement is there. The adrenaline is there. I have nothing to say to him. They know what kind of fighter I am. I’m prepared. I’m ready. All I want to tell him is look, let’s give the fans a great fight.”
An argument can be made that the winner should be recognized as boxing’s pound-for-pound king. Alvarez is going for his 50th career win at just 27 years old, having suffered his only ever loss to Mayweather. He has decision victories over Miguel Cotto and Erislandy Lara in recent years, while also knocking out James Kirkland and Amir Khan.
Golovkin’s record is perfect. After knocking out 23 straight opponents, he faced his stiffest competition to date, recording a win by unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs. He’s nearing the record for most consecutive middleweight title defenses.
It was a long journey for the 35-year-old fighter from Kazakhstan, but he’ll finally headline a PPV against one of the biggest names in the sport. During a banner year for boxing in which the best are fighting the best, Saturday’s event is at the top of the list.
“I am ready,” Golovkin said at the press conference. “I respect Canelo’s team. This is a big day not only for us, but for boxing and this era. This will be a huge historic fight at T-Mobile Arena. I feel comfortable. I see that Canelo is ready. He is ready for serious business, a serious fight. This fight will be the biggest gift to the people.”