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Canelo Alvarez vs. Golovkin to end their trilogy in the fight of the year

"This is the biggest showdown in the history of boxing," according to Matchroom Boxing promoter

May 27, 2022 8:44am

Updated: May 27, 2022 1:07pm

Mexican fighter Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez, considered the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, and Kazakhstan's Gennadiy "GGG" Golovkin, his historic rival, will finally face each other in the epic trilogy of fights for the world championship belt on September 17. 

The duel between "Canelo and GGG" will be the third of their fierce rivalry, which favors the Mexican idol with a win and a controversial draw. Only two fighters have managed to beat Saul Alvarez in his entire career, and one of those defeats came just a few days ago at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against Russian Dmitry Bivol. After this setback, the Mexican is now focused on the super middleweight, where he will defend his undisputed title against the Kazakh.

Canelo comes to the fight after his loss to the World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion. Some promoters like Eddie Hearn believe that a second consecutive loss for the Mexican could cause irreparable damage to his value. 

"The mirage that Canelo is this unbeatable fighter is there. Two losses would put his career in the balance," he said during an appearance on the DAZN Boxing Show.

 Canelo knows his back is against the ropes heading into his third showdown with Golovkin. "I risk everything to keep making history when I don't need to risk anything. I've already accomplished a lot. I'm in a position where I don't have to risk anything, and I still do it," he added.

Despite recently falling from the top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings, undisputed super-middleweight king Canelo Alvarez insists he is still the best boxer on the planet.

"The truth is, I don't know how they handle that kind of pound-for-pound ranking stuff, but I still feel like I'm the best. Tell me another fighter who is trying that in other categories, going down and up in weight," he said. 

Canelo and Golovkin, 31 and 40, respectively, faced each other in two epic battles in September 2017 and 2018. Their first fight was controversially marked as a draw, although many believed Golovkin was robbed of a clear victory. Canelo prevailed in their rematch by majority decision, although the judges' scorecards were again questioned by boxing fans. In this third chapter of the trilogy, there will be plenty of excitement.