David Haye Rips Golovkin vs Canelo Rematch

Tanya Cunningham
September 15, 2018

The undefeated boxing champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) will defend his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles in a rematch against Mexican Canelo Alvarez.

Eventually, to the delight of fight fans around the world, the two parties came together for a third time on a deal that will see the duo go to war for the WBA and WBC middleweight world titles, nearly a year to the day since their first meeting.

Mexico's Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) meanwhile came in at 159.4 pounds, well within the 160lb limit. His only loss was to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013.

The two middleweights meet exactly a year after their first fight was controversially declared a draw, despite most ringside spectators calling the fight a win for GGG.

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

Alvarez, 28, has maintained his innocence, citing tainted meat in Mexico after he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Tomorrow's second meeting is expected to exceed that number thanks to a wild 12 months which included Alvarez failing a pair of drug tests which forced the original May 5 date to be postponed. I defeated the weigh-in, now it's time for me to defeat him on Saturday. Should Alvarez be dominated or knocked out, it would raise suspicion about not only previous PED use but also where he truly ranks among this era's great fighters.

Alvarez said he got carried away by the atmosphere at the weigh-in. Golovkin weighed 159.6 pounds and Alvarez weighed 159.4. It has caused a river of bad blood. Of course, given the way one of the most highly-anticipated boxing events in recent memory ended, a rematch was warranted.

"At the moment I put him in the top five, and the only reason I don't put him any higher is because he needs that fight that people recognize, the signature fight or legacy fight", Sanchez said. Byrd's one-sided card ruined what was a competitive bout.

Golovkin, who most observers believe should have been awarded victory in last September's drawn first fight, has rubbished Alvarez's explanation for the failed drug tests.

Golovkin said when Alvarez and his team approached him, "All I could feel was fear from them, and I think they did it so I couldn't look into his eyes and he couldn't look into mine".

A live preview show (9pm-9.30pm) and subsequent build-up to the first fight (11.30pm-12.45am) with BT Sport pundits David Haye, Steve Bunce and Richie Woodhall will be available to all existing BT Sport subscribers on BT Sport 1 HD, BTSport.com (via this link) and the BT Sport app. Now, the two rivals will once again fight to determine who is the best middleweight in boxing today.

Alvarez must prove his career has been authentic.

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