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spar that delivered them an estimated $400m to share (the Irishman getting a quarter slice), Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Álvarez meet in the same ring on Saturday night to decide who is the best middleweight in the world.It is almost just like the old days. So outstanding are they, and so evenly matched are their skills – Golovkin the walk-forward concussive hitter, Álvarez the dangerous counter-puncher – that the 20,000-seater T-Mobile Arena is sold out. Two Saturdays ago, when punters rebelled at the grotesque asking price of even the cheap seats, it was not. That was a worldwide pay-per-view stunt; this will reach a global TV audience as well, but it is a legitimate fight, the sort of world title event that should occur more regularly in a perennially anarchic business.
“I’m very happy, fighting soon in a couple of days in Vegas,” Golovkin said on Tuesday in his http://www.officialnikedolphinsshop.com/brandon-doughty-jersey-for-sale-c-19.html
halting English. “Too much talking. Before, why not, but last couple of weeks my focus is boxing. I wanna fight. We’re both professional athletes. He’s not a crazy guy. We feel very comfortable. I’ve wanted this fight for a long time, three years.”His chief frustration is that the fight should have been made a long time ago. The situation resembles the five-year wait fans had to endure for Mayweather to agree to meet Manny Pacquiao – and the inevitability of the eventual fight being a disappointment.“I know him a long time,” Golovkin says of Álvarez. “He’s been inside the same weight the last couple of years. He [could fight] anybody. I want this fight since [Álvarez beat Miguel Cotto for the WBC middleweight title in November] 2015. I was in the mandatory position.”
Álvarez instead defended against and stopped Amir Khan, then Liam Smith. Golovkin, meanwhile, entertained Kell Brook, then had his toughest night in a while last March before beating Daniel Jacobs to keep his unbeaten record intact. But it has been the Mexican’s team (rather than the fighter) who have procrastinated, claiming he was not big enough for Golovkin.Six years ago, Álvarez beat Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes back-to-back Authentic Brett Favre Youth Jersey
at light-middleweight; the suggestion that he has not moved up because he is not big enough is palpable nonsense. When he knocked out Khan at an agreed 155lbs, he entered the ring a day-and-a-half after the Friday weigh-in 35lbs heavier than the British challenger. In May, he outpointed Julio César Chávez at super-middleweight and, face to face, he looks rock solid at 160lbs.
The man Golovkin blames for the delay is Oscar De la Hoya, the promoter. But the former six-weight world champion does not see it that way. He reckons Álvarez has grown into the weight and now is the perfect time for them to meet. There are many who suspect De la Hoya has dragged his feet to allow Golovkin to get
a little older, a bit slower, more vulnerable. At 34, Golovkin is seven years older than Álvarez, even though the busy Mexican, who started boxing for money at 15, has had 51 fights: one more than the 41-year-old and newly retired Mayweather – and, more surprisingly, 14 more than the smiling Kazakh.“There are fighters who need a good dancing partner,” the Golden Boy boss insists. “Canelo against Golovkin will go down in history for many years to come. It will be talked about for many years, just like Hearns and Hagler is still being talked about, like Sugar Ray Leonard with Hearns is still http://www.packersnflofficialshop.com/authentic-brett-favre-jersey.html
being talked about. These are the fights that make it all worthwhile as a promoter.”
He added: “I strongly believe this fight will be on that level. Both guys know going into this fight that they are in the hurt business. They are in the fight business. They are not in the whole money business. They are not thinking about it. Yes, the prize at the end of the fight, at the end of the tunnel is the purse, is the money, but they know they must fight hard and with everything they have because they have so much passion for the game and they respect the fans.