Update: This fight has been confirmed for September 16th, 2017.
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin will happen…eventually. The two fighters’ camps met and have – reportedly – verbally agreed to a tentative bout between Canelo and GGG for the fall of 2017.
Though the boxing world has been buzzing for this fight for nearly a year, it reached a fever pitch after Canelo called out GGG following his victory over Amir Khan.
“We don’t f*** around. We don’t come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport. I’ll fight [GGG] right now. Let’s put the gloves on and get in there with him,” said Canelo after he knocked out Khan in the sixth round on Cinco de Mayo weekend 2016.
Golden Boy Promotions – who represent Canelo – wants the fighter to have more time to familiarize himself with fighting at 160 lbs, which is Golovkin’s weight. Alvarez has been fighting at 155 lbs catchweight bouts – though that is technically middleweight – in his past five fights.
Canelo has never faced a fighter with the knockout power that GGG possesses, as the undefeated Kazakhstani has won 32 of his 35 professional bouts via KO.
With the tentative bout agreed we are awaiting odds to hit the board at books. Originally – when this bout was expected to take place in September 2016 – GGG was a massive -350 at Bovada.
The boxing world waits with baited breath for the official announcement that Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will square off in 2016. Rumors continue to swirl that the two best middleweight fighters on the planet will square off later this year, with September being the initial target date.
The Kazakhstani champion has been opened as a large -350 favorite against his potential Mexican counterpart according to Bovada.
A clash between GGG and Alvarez will unify all the middleweight championships for the first time since Jermaine Taylor chose not to defend the IBF belt after defeating Bernard Hopkins in 2007.
The above scenario assumes that Golovkin fights WBA Champion Billy Joe Sanders in a bout that is reportedly being negotiated for April. Alvarez will make his return back to the ring when he faces off against Amir Khan during the Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas.
GGG is one of the premier knockout artists in the boxing world today as his 91.2 percent knockout percentage is the highest in middleweight title history. Golovkin, who has still yet to loss a fight in his career, has knocked out his last 21 opponents with only six of them making it to the sixth round.
Alvarez has one loss in his professional boxing career and that was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2004. Canelo is coming off a complete beatdown of Miguel Cotto and has proven to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez
Odds as of February 2 at Bovada
- Gennady Golovkin -350
- Canelo Alvarez +265