Canelo Álvarez, Gennady Golovkin both make weight ahead of title showdown

Both lvarez and Golovkin both made weight ahead of their hotly anticipated middleweight championship showdown on Saturday night in Las Vegas

Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin have both made weight ahead of their hotly anticipated middleweight title fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Golovkin was first on the scales on Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and came in exactly at the division limit of 160lbs. Álvarez, sporting a thin red beard, also tipped the scales at 160lbs before an estimated crowd of 9,000.

Both men appeared in superb physical condition when they disrobed with Álvarez claiming a slight edge in crowd support. Neither batted an eye during the traditional staredown.

Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), the Kazakh knockout artist known as Triple G, is defending his WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles in a scheduled 12-round bout at the T-Mobile Arena. The 35-year-old is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Daniel Jacobs in March, which marked the first time in 24 fights he’d been extended the full distance, ending a nine-year knockout streak that extended back to when he was fighting eight-rounders during the George W Bush administration.

Álvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), the popular red-headed puncher from Guadalajara who’s had two stints as a junior middleweight title-holder, is coming off a one-sided beatdown of Julio César Chávez in May that took place at a contracted catchweight of 164½lbs, helping establish a foothold in the division that Golovkin has dominated for most of the decade.

Technically, the 27-year-old is the lineal champion at middleweight by virtue of his career-best win over Miguel Cotto in 2015 (though, notably, that bout took place at a catchweight of 155lbs, five below the division limit).

Speaking after Friday’s weigh-in, Álvarez scoffed at the notion that Golovkin’s well-documented appetite for destruction in a higher weight class gave him pause.

“When I was born, all of the fear had already been given out,” he said through a translator. “I’m going to show him who Canelo really is.”

Golovkin, who’s become as adored for his broken-English bon mots as his crowd-pleasing style, was typically to the point when pressed for his prediction.

“Big gift to people!” he said.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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