Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says a trilogy-deciding victory over bitter rival Gennady Golovkin on Saturday will return him to the top of boxing and acknowledged because the world’s finest fighter.
Alvarez, roared on by his devoted followers who have a good time Mexican Independence day on Friday, will attempt to beat the hard-hitting Kazakh for a second time after a controversial victory of their most up-to-date struggle in 2018.
With the bout happening at super-middleweight, it is an opportunity for the Mexican famous person, undisputed champion within the 168-pound weight class, to avenge his final struggle loss – a defeat at gentle heavyweight to Dmitry Bivol – and turn out to be the pound-for-pound best within the eyes of the boxing world.
Golovkin, 40, will struggle within the weight class for the primary time however the weight ought to go well with the middleweight champion, who says Alvarez was fortunate to earn a draw of their opening bout in 2017 earlier than delivering the lone profession loss for “Triple G.”
The fighters have made no secret of their dislike for one another, a rivalry sparked additional after Alvarez examined constructive for the banned substance clenbuterol in March 2018, delaying a 3rd matchup till now.
Alvarez is decided to knockout Golovkin for the primary time in his storied profession, a stoppage that will cement the Mexican’s place among the many all-time greats.
“It is one of many largest fights of my life, due to the rivalry we have now, and this third struggle will probably be an important,” Alvarez advised AFP.
“The actual fact he is going into it pondering presumably it might be his final makes him harmful. I will depart every part within the ring.
“From the primary spherical I will be trying to get the stoppage. That is as edgy as I have been earlier than a struggle for some time.”
Alvarez enters 57-2-2 with 39 knockouts whereas Golovkin is 42-1-1 with 37 knockouts and three world titles within the 160-pound middleweight division.
The Bivol loss has not dimmed Alvarez’s confidence about his place within the boxing realm.
“I believe I am one of the best fighter on the earth proper now,” Alvarez stated. “Nobody has taken dangers like me and I needn’t take dangers however I really like a problem and I nonetheless really feel I am one of the best.
“I simply need to punish him actually exhausting. I am near doing that. He pretends to be a pleasant individual however he isn’t. He talks quite a lot of (stuff) about me and that is what I do not like. He is an excellent fighter however as an individual? I do not suppose so.
“The rivalry goes again years and I really like that it is private. It makes me practice like loopy in order that motivates me much more. I hearken to what he says however on the finish of the day, he’s simply making excuses. I pay attention however do not take it to coronary heart or on board.
“What I do not like is in terms of speaking in individual, he lies and he’s a special individual.”
Golovkin, in the meantime, feels the Mexican misplaced contact with actuality after comprehensively shedding in opposition to the larger, stronger Bivol earlier this yr as Alvarez noticed his try to rule in one other weight class fail.
“He continues to say he isn’t afraid of any challenges and saves his face,” Golovkin stated. “On the identical time, what he has stated within the press conferences, he did not take Bivol severely. He drew his conclusions that this loss introduced him again all the way down to Earth.
“He misplaced contact with actuality and believed he was invincible. Confidence is there, however after clearly shedding the struggle, you are elevating your arms and saying you solely misplaced a few rounds? That is what I am speaking about.
“I am calm and assured. My nervous system tells me it is enterprise as standard. I anticipate he’ll make much less errors. I do know what sort of struggle we’re dealing with and I am completely prepared.”