Hot on the heels of last month’s record-breaking event in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world again plays host to one of the biggest boxing matches of 2017 when the undefeated Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin takes on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Saturday.
It is a match-up that boxing fans have been clamouring for for years; the concussive power and iron jaw of Golovkin going up against the all-action, walk forward style of Mexican icon Canelo.
On paper, the clash is about as fascinating as it gets. Golovkin, winner of all 37 of his professional bouts, is the consensus best middleweight fighter in the world and holder of the record for highest knockout percentage in middleweight championship history — a stunning 89.8%. However, at 35-year-old some are questioning whether the Kazakh is still the force he once was especially given the fact that he was unable to get a KO victory is his last bout against Daniel Jacobs last March, a result which ended a 23-fight knockout run which began in 2008.
Canelo, on the other hand, is biggest combat sports icon in Mexico and at just 26 years old has just one loss in his 51 fight career — a defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
Sportsbooks are divided as to who has the edge on Saturday but whichever way you happen to lean, you can expect some compelling action when two of the best fighters of their generation trade blows this weekend.
The official weigh-in takes place on Friday evening at 3.30pm ET (8.30pm Ireland) and you can watch it in full below.