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Alvarez v Golovkin III: 'Canelo' vows to stop challenger inside distance in Las Vegas

By Amanda Caroline  •  September 17, 2022  •  16

Alvarez-Golovkin is a rematch four years in the making and one of the greatest rivalries in the current era of championship boxing, with the two future hall-of-famers having already shared 24 controversial rounds in the 160lb middleweight division.

This contest is being fought at 168lbs (12 stones) and Alvarez weighing in at 167.4lbs with Golovkin the heaviest he has ever been for a fight at 167.8lbs.

Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn, who promotes Alvarez, believes "this time it's personal" between the two men.

"I know the undisputed championship is on the line and they really want to win that, but it's just personal," Hearn told the 5 live boxing podcast.

"Canelo cannot stand him. Gennady Golovkin says all sorts to the media and rarely says it to his face. Gennady is a bad man as well. He's a very respectful and nice individual but trust me he has a bad side about him."

Many fans and pundits believe Golovkin should have won their first bout at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena - the venue of the trilogy fight - in September 2017.

He appeared to land the cleaner blows in an all-action encounter, but the judges scored it 115-113 to Golovkin, 114-114, and a highly contentious 118-110 to Alvarez.

Their rivalry and war of words further intensified when the rematch was delayed after Alvarez was banned for six months for failing two drug tests, which he said was caused by eating contaminated meat.

Alvarez and Golovkin eventually faced each other again 364 days after the first bout, at the same venue, with Alvarez edging a terrific fight by majority decision. The winner landed the more eye-catching shots, Golovkin the higher volume of punches.

Hearn predicts the third fight will be "the best of the three," adding: "The first fight was epic. Canelo Alvarez chose to do the right thing and box and move. It was a very close fight.

"Then the second fight he came out and decided to walk down Gennady Golovkin. The punishment they both took in those fights was incredible. How they were both standing..."