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Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin III: Undisputed Super Middleweight Championship – Live! | Boxing

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Here’s a look at the odds for tonight’s main event at the MGM Grand Sports book. Canelo was a solid -450 favorite (meaning a $450 bet would return $100), while Golovkin was a +340 underdog (meaning a $100 bet would return $340). It’s a dramatic change from their first two meetings, in which Golovkin was the slight favorite both times.

A complete list of bets for today’s fight from the MGM Grand sportsbook. Photo: MGM Grand

There’s another fight on the undercard ahead of tonight’s contest, and it’s worth tuning in for. Jesse Rodriguez, boxing’s youngest world champion to date and one of America’s brightest rising stars, is making his second defense of his WBC super-featherweight title against Israel Gonzalez in a fight set to begin in the next few minutes.

The 22-year-old Texas southpaw who trains under the great Robert Garcia, was widely tabbed for the fighter of the year award and can effectively end the debate with a good show tonight. Our Donald McRae caught up with him earlier this week:

Rodriguez will enter the ring as the favorite for the first time this year when he defends his world title against Israel Gonzalez. If he wins again in dominant style, many boxing insiders believe he could cement his place as the 2022 fighter of the year.

“It’s a huge fight for me,” Rodriguez says, “probably bigger than my last two fights because it’s the biggest boxing card in Vegas. So this is the perfect platform to show not only hardcore boxers, but also ordinary fans what I can do. I’m one of those fighters that you rarely see, a once-in-a-generation world champion, and people will see that on Saturday night in Las Vegas. I’m going to go out and be spectacular and show everyone that I really am the fighter of the year.”

Rodriguez looks up and squeezes my hand with one last dazzling smile. “It’s crazy,” he says, “but it’s beautiful.”

A tale about a tape

Here’s a look at how Canelo and Golovkin square off ahead of tonight’s main event. Golovkin still has a slight advantage in height, if not in reach. The main difference from their first two meetings is the weight that both reached at yesterday’s weigh-in. The 40-year-old Kazakh moves up to super middleweight for the first time in his career, a division Alvarez has been more than comfortable in since they last met four years ago.

A tale about a tape

Preamble

Hello and welcome to the Las Vegas Strip for tonight’s third fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. We’ve been ringside at T-Mobile Arena for four years as two of the most accomplished fighters of their generation look to bring their bitter rivalry to a close after 24 rounds that have seen so little separating them.

Theirs the first meeting, in 2017, was one of the most anticipated top-level meetings of the decade and a rare superfight that managed to not only live up to, but exceed, the hype. Until, that is. solution. Most in the ring, in the crowd and watching at home believed that the Kazakhstani knockout known as Triple G had done enough to win on points. But the official verdict – including a cryptic 118-110 score in Alvarez’s favor by Adalaida Byrd – was a widely contested draw that denied Golovkin what should have been a defining moment in a career spent largely out of the spotlight.

Theirs the second, in 2018, was closer but ended with Alvarez winning by decision after 12 more rounds in which many believed Golovkin had played no worse than a draw. It came after Alvarez failed a pair of WADA urine tests for the banned substance Clenbuterol, which the Mexican claimed was the result of contaminated meat consumed during training in Guadalajara, further raising the temperature of their anger.

A third fight always seemed inevitable, but the fighters went their separate ways. Golovkin, who turned 40 in April, has fought just four times in the past four years, including wins over Sergey Derovyanchenko and Ryot Murat to reclaim a pair of middleweight belts he’s held for nearly a decade. Meanwhile, Alvarez, 32, continued his ascent as boxing’s biggest superstar, adding super-middleweight and light-heavyweight titles before returning to combine all four belts at 168 lbs for a year: the same undisputed championship that is on the line tonight.

Of course, this is Golovkin’s first time fighting at 168 pounds after a career spent at middleweight, further tipping the odds in favor of the younger, top-ranked Mexican. But if Alvarez and Golovkin have proven nothing else in their two fights thus far, they are natural dance partners. And every time they share a prize ring, they promise something special.

All this in a little more than an hour and a half. Alvarez is Golovkin is expected to make the ring shortly after 8:00 p.m. ET, 11:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 a.m. BST.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2022/sep/17/canelo-alvarez-gennady-golovkin-iii-fight-live-round-by-round

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