JEFF POWELL: Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are polar opposites outside the ring but their festering dislike for each other sees them hold a mutual desire to end the third and final bout in the most brutal way possible
- Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin square off once again this weekend
- They are polar opposites outside the ring when it comes to their lifestyles
- Canelo lives the glitz and glamour lifestyle while GGG remains reserved
- However, the one thing they have in common is a festering dislike for each other
- It fuelling a mutual desire to resolve their long feud as brutally as possible
Saul Canelo Alvarez has four children all by different women including his new-ish wife Fernanda, a ranch the size of an English county, a fleet of the world’s most expensive cars, mansions in Mexico and the USA, flourishing businesses, a super-yacht and, to paraphrase the old song, a diamond watch as big as the Ritz.
Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin has one son and one daughter by his wife and only love Alina, one home in California to which he moved from his native Kazakhstan via Germany and refuses to be distracted by the high life or drawn into commercial enterprises until he has finished knocking people out for a living.
Canelo numbers world leaders and Hollywood celebrities among his golfing partners and rides his stable of thoroughbred horses. Triple G enthuses about playing games with his young son after picking him up from school.
Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin (right) hold a mutual desire to end the third and final bout in the most brutal way possible
Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin (right) go head-to-head for a third time this weekend
The two men who made their grand public arrivals in this sparkling mirage of a city in the Nevada desert at the onset of big fight week could not be more different.
The only place they are likely to meet is in the boxing ring. Which they will do for the third time in the T-Mobile Arena here this Saturday night.
One thing they do have in common is a festering dislike for each other which is fuelling a mutual desire to resolve their feud as brutally as possible.
‘What do I want from this fight,’ says Alvarez rhetorically. ‘My goal is the knock-out. If not then to punish him through all the 12 rounds. For me this is personal as well as professional.’
And Golovkin? He says: ‘This time the perfect end would be to see the referee waving his arms over him and then raising my hand. My intention is to bring back clean boxing.’
The long-term rivals have fought twice before, ending a draw and a Canelo decision win
To that subtle reference to Canelo’s failed drugs test which delayed their second fight, Mexico’s red-haired national idol responded thus: ‘Golovkin talks differently to the media than face to face. He is not the man he appears to be. I can’t help but hear what he says in public but I don’t listen with attention. He is only making excuses for losing to me, which he knows he did.’
Golovkin is not alone in believing he was robbed by the judges who scored their first fight a draw and the second a win for Alvarez.
Canelo comes to this decider from only the second loss of his jam-packed 61-fight career, one inflicted by Russia’s Dmitry Bivol just four months ago but which he believes he can avenge in due course. Triple G says: ‘When he is defeated he loses touch with reality.’
As they are obliged to go face-to-face for promotional photographs – or in their case nose-to-nose – they do find grounds to agree on one matter.
Says Alvarez: ‘While I expect to win I know this will be a difficult fight against a great boxer.’ Says Golovkin: ‘I am calm, relaxed and my nervous system tells me all will be well with me having made the adjustments necessary to win beyond doubt. Even though I am aware that he is a great fighter who will make it a very difficult night.’
Canelo and Golovkin shared a controversial draw in their first encounter back in 2017
It was Canelo who emerged victorious by majority decision in their rematch the following year
Alvarez confirms that he has seldom been ‘this intensely focused’ before a fight, adding: ‘That’s why I’ve trained like hell.’ When he made his entry into the lobby of the MGM Grand a large crowd of Mexicans roared along with a mariachi band as big screens lit up with vivid film of his efforts in camp.
But as he held court with a small group of reporters he positively radiated good health and self-confidence and said: ‘This going to be a really exciting fight. I love boxing and I love this emotion. I can’t wait.’
This sounded like the original Canelo, the boy born to fight. The same is true of Triple G, who says: ‘When I fight I always bring the Big Drama Show to town. I love it.’
In that they are akin. Even though Golovkin is eight years older, at 40, than he who reigns as of now as the undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world and who makes a point of reminding him: ‘Our rivalry goes back years.’
Yet Triple G still has the baby face and lean body of the young Kazakh whose power punching caught our attention when he mowed down Matthew Macklin almost a decade ago to retain the world middleweight title he had already held for seven years.
Their rivalry goes back years but it will look to be settled on Saturday night in Las Vegas
Ask him for the secret of his seemingly eternal youth and he smiles as he says: ‘My wife and my genes. And of course my healthy lifestyle. I never take any substance into my body which could have a detrimental effect on me. Not even medication if I can help it.
‘Because of my concentration on boxing and my family I am still able to get out of bed at five o’clock in the morning and go running. Without that dedication we would not be here today.’
For that dedication, we who will only sit and watch the two of them go at it again are truly grateful.
Alvarez v Golokin for the undisputed world super-middleweight championship will be televised live on DAZN pay-per-view late this Saturday night.
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