'A real war!' Canelo, Triple G to have bruising rematch in Vegas tonight


September 15, 2018
Canelo Alvarez (center left) and Gennady Golovkin had to be separated by members of their respective entourages in a face off during a weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, yesterday. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Canelo, Triple G to have bruising rematch in Vegas tonight


Canelo Alvarez has gone to bed the last few months thinking about how he is going to knock out Gennady Golovkin (Triple G) in their middleweight title rematch.

To wake up tomorrow morning as the 160-pound champion, though, he will have to take some chances he did not in his first fight with Golovkin a year ago. And that could be a real problem against a fearsome puncher who has knocked out 34 fighters in his 39 professional fights.

"I know it's going to be a tough fight," Alvarez said. "But I'm going in there to knock him out."

Alvarez and Golovkin get another chance to settle what they could not last September when they meet in a rematch of their first fight, which ended in a draw. They do so tonight on the Las Vegas Strip not as the gentleman fighters they portrayed themselves to be then, but as bitter rivals who legitimately seem to dislike each other.

That showed at yesterday's weigh-in, when the two fighters had to be separated in their only face-to-face appearance before the fight. Golovkin weighed 159.6 pounds and Alvarez weighed 159.4.

A positive test by Alvarez for clenbuterol forced the rematch to be postponed from May. At the same time it produced some hard feelings between the two fighters over Alvarez's contention that it was caused by eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico.

Whether that translates into a more entertaining fight remains to be seen. But both fighters seem determined not to let it be decided by the ringside judges.

"It's a real fight," Golovkin said this week. "Like a real war."

Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 knockouts) is a slight favourite in the rematch, much as he was in the first fight. Many at ringside thought he won that bout, but Alvarez pulled off a draw by winning the late rounds as the 36-year-old Golovkin seemed to fade.

The fight was not the "big drama show" that Triple G likes to talk about, with neither fighter down and neither fighter really hurt. But it was a tough, competitive matchup that delivered in other ways even without a winner at the end.

"I had a great experience from the first fight," Golovkin said. "It's a little bit different this time, but I believe it will be a big fight for the fans."

Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) believes that, too, but sees a different result. It's one he has envisioned nightly in bed as he goes over scenarios that will help him win.

"Every night in my bed before I go to sleep, I visualise what I need to do to get the knockout," Alvarez said through an interpreter. "I know it's going to be a tough fight."

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