Golovkin (38-0-1-KO34) and Alvarez (49-1-2-KO34) were originally scheduled to run The Epic Fight for the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles back on May 5th this year, before Alvarez failed a pre-fight drug test and was banned for six months, according to online sportsbook news in the US. The share of revenue was the biggest hurdle to settle on a new date. Golovkin demanded 50-50 split, and after long negotiations the two fighters agreed on 42.5-57.5 split for Alvarez. We look at the standing Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin predictions on the rematch of their controversial 2017 draw. Does GGG remain favourite?
What Are the Updates Since Early 2018?
Golovkin returned to the ring on May 5 against replacement opponent Vanes Martirosyan. The early knockout allowed Golovkin, to equal Bernard Hopkin’s division record of 20 title defenses. On the other hand, Canelo has been training in the gym ever since cancelling his fight against GGG, as he was banned from any official fight for six months.
Although Golovkin remains the undisputed middleweight champion, the IBF stripped his third title belt he had held since October 2015, because Martirosyan was not deemed to be an acceptable opponent. GGG did not make plans quick enough to fight mandatory opponent Sergiy Derevychenko losing his IBF belt. Canelo-Golovkin rematch will be for just WBA and WBC middleweight titles.
Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin Predictions
According to internet sportsbook news in the US, Canelo Alvarez, 27, remains well known for his extreme punching power. He has produced knockouts in eight of his last 13 victories, and he is sharp defensively. With his young age and athleticism, he could dictate the pace of the next fight if he gets more aggressive against Golovkin.
GGG is expected to go straight for the knockout in the next fight, in order to send away any possibility for a second draw. But Golovkin is 36, and some still say age is catching up to him, in speculation that he could totally dominate Alvarez. Canelo-Golovkin odds remain (1.57) in favour of GGG, and (2.50) for Canelo, with (19.00) odds for unlikely second draw, according to Bwin Sportsbook.
In our Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin predictions, the fight is by far the biggest of this year, and it is hard to weigh in for each of the two fighters, as both are still in their prime. If you feel it is time for a new champion to dominate the middleweight division, then Canelo Alvarez could be a good candidate for such honor.