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Gennady Golovkin vows to put record straight against Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez

Gennady Golovkin vows to put record straight against Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez

Twelve months of steadily simmering acrimony reaches boiling point here Saturday when world middleweight king Gennady Golovkin faces off against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in their long-awaited Las Vegas rematch. "It's going to be an exciting fight and big victory". Golovkin was the holder of three of the four world-title belts, Álvarez was the young Mexican superstar finally stepping up to the plate having given up the WBC title at one point to avoid the unbeaten Kazakh.

A failed drug test by Alvarez didn't just postpone the rematch from the original date in May.

Golovkin said when Alvarez and his team approached him, "All I could feel was fear from them, and I think they did it so I couldn't look into his eyes and he couldn't look into mine".

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A fight that had to happen after the disputed draw in the first bout nearly didn't come to be after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol just before beginning training for what was supposed to be a May rematch.

Canelo Alvarez came to the weigh-in looking for a fake fight before the world middleweight title fight with Gennady Golovkin. But he also might have one more great performance in him.

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.

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Mexico's Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) meanwhile came in at 159.4 pounds, well within the 160lb limit.

The 28-year-old vehemently denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he had ingested the drug accidentally as a result of eating contaminated beef from his native Mexico.

The fearless Armenian lasted all of four minutes and 53 seconds before being clobbered into submission as Golovkin made a statement to his rivals in the division with yet another imposing knockout. "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet".

"I'm bothered by all the stupid things they've been saying and I've been using it as motivation in my training for this fight".

Golovkin is from Kazakhstan, but markets himself as a Mexican-style boxer, who fights with heart, courage and a hunger for the knockout. Alvarez isn't buying it.

Alvarez must prove his career has been authentic.


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