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Golovkin seeks justice in rematch with Alvarez

15 September 2018

For their first bout previous year, Alvarez earned a guaranteed purse of $5 million while Golovkin made $3 million.

Tonight, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez face off in a rematch of their thrilling draw in Las Vegas.

Golovkin, the unbeaten WBA, WBC and IBO champion, will be chasing a place in boxing history as he attempts to make a record-breaking 21st consecutive defense of his middleweight crowns against Mexican idol Alvarez at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena.

The two were initially schedule for a May 5 rematch, but it had to be canceled because Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance twice.

Alvarez's six-month ban after testing positive for clenbuterol - he claimed the positive test came from eating contaminated meat - scuppered the first prospective rematch date earlier this year. Unlike one year ago, Alvarez plans on making it abundantly clear that he will emerge victorious this time around. Many at ringside thought he won that bout, but Alvarez pulled off a draw by winning the late rounds as the 36-year-old Golovkin seemed to fade.

"You couldn't deny there was some injection marks on his hands and his arms". He should be upset by what Golovkin's handlers have said.

For the most part, the animosity between the two men has had a ring of authenticity about it. "Maybe they believe what they say, maybe it is to get me mad - but it has worked". "I know that if I get angry and closed-minded, that I might make some mistakes, and it will be wrong". Instead, Alvarez, in an uncharacteristic move, charged at Golovkin and pressed his forehead against GGG's.

The context in the build-up to this bout has seemingly altered the opinions of both fighters, who took a much more amicable approach to their first encounter, and Golovkin recognized as much. Alvarez's official purse is $5 million, and Golovkin's is $4 million.

Despite two judges scoring the fight extremely closely - 114-114 and 113-115 in favour of Golovkin - judge Adalaide Byrd's scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Alvarez had many fans and pundits alike questioning the validity and reliability of the adjudicating.

The South Point sportsbook in Las Vegas said it was seeing good action on both fighters and bumped up its price on Golovkin to -150.

Abel Sanchez, who has trained Golovkin at his gym in the San Bernardino Mountains outside Los Angeles since 2011, agrees.

Oddsmakers are expecting the fight to go the distance again. "But I'm going in there to knock him out". "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet".

Golovkin is from Kazakhstan, but markets himself as a Mexican-style boxer, who fights with heart, courage and a hunger for the knockout.

"I'm very bothered and I'm angry at their accusations, but I will utilize it in my favor because I have experience in this", Alvarez said.

Golovkin seeks justice in rematch with Alvarez