Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Canelo vs Golovkin Countdown: Golovkin's 5 defining nights

Canelo vs Golovkin Countdown: Golovkin's 5 defining nights

WHY GGG CAN LOSE: This is the biggest fight of Golovkin's career.

The IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight belts held by Golovkin, as well as the Ring title, which is now held by Canelo, will all be on the line when the two titans clash at the T-Mobile Arena Saturday.

LAS VEGAS-The freak show of a fight is over, and for that everyone in boxing should be glad.

Australians looking to tune into the big fight are a bit better off, with the undercard fights set to begin around 10:00 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

While I stated in my column last week that the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady "GGG" Golovkin fight would be hard to predict, some possible outcomes can still be hypothesized. He's gotten a knockout win in all six of the wins and his one loss was to Floyd Mayweather.

Both fighters fine-tune the last details before the match.

Yes, McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. captured the nation's attention with a spectacle that played out pretty much how most boxing experts predicted.

Nobody in boxing cuts off the ring like Gennady Golovkin. Skills could favour a Canelo victory with the right game plan but the power lies with Golovkin. The fighter many people in boxing believed would become the future of the sport was about to take on perhaps the greatest fighter of his generation. There are very few fights you consider for that title. The only reason GGG looked so scary is because fighters feared him, Canelo will not fear him and bully him.

Styles make fights, and we can expect to see a true search and destroy battle between counterpuncher Saul Alvarez and hunter Gennady Golovkin. Meanwhile, GGG will try to maintain his distance, as Canelo's optimal range is half a step closer than Golovkin's.

Ultimately however, Golovkin's range control, championship experience and iron chin may be the deciding factors that mean Saul Alvarez will be the 18 person to be knocked out by Triple G in a world title fight.

Billy Joe Saunders v Willie Munroe Jr is on the same night in London so I'll be interested in seeing that fight as well, with the only other middleweight belt on the line - the WBO.

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