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Fight of the year preview: Golovkin vs. Canelo

Rarely has the result of a boxing match been as disputed as Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s draw with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 12 months ago.

As an inevitable consequence, rarely has a rematch been as anticipated, especially after the original May date was postponed.

When the duo first met, two of the best (if not the two best) boxers in the world fought to a gritty, tactical stalemate.

But GGG’s camp felt robbed. This time out, the Kazakh is out to prove his superiority over Canelo, accusing the Mexican of being a “cheat” following two failed drugs tests that led to his withdrawal from the original rematch.

There are those, however, who feel Canelo was actually victorious during the original encounter and that he will be too quick – motivated further by the accusations of cheating – for GGG a second time around.

The odds are close, although they point towards GGG, with William Hill and Sky Bet pricing him as the 4/6 favourite. A Canelo win is 6/4 with the same bookmakers. If you think lightning could strike twice, the draw is 20/1 with Ladbrokes.

Interestingly, the pair are both 2/1 with several bookmakers to win by decision. That gives an insight into the margins: a fight going the distance between two of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers in the business is unlikely to be one sided.

A knockout win (or via TKO or disqualification) is where the big difference lies. Here, GGG is 9/4 with William Hill, while Canelo is 8/1 with Bet365 to knock his fierce rival out.

Boxing’s biggest names are undecided. There is a general feeling that both fighters will be more aggressive during this match and GGG, undefeated in 39 bouts, will fancy his chances.

Canelo, though, underdog with the bookies, has never been knocked out in 52 fights.

By Tim Poole
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