LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin punches Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Canelo Swerves Bivol Rematch To Follow Through On Trilogy Fight With GGG

After losing at light heavyweight to Dmitry Bivol a few weeks back, Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stated after the fight that he intended to activate his rematch clause for another shot at Bivol in September.

Only Canelo had perhaps forgotten that his promoter Eddie Hearn had already sent out a ‘save the date’ card, pencilling in what could well be the biggest boxing match in years for that date.

On September 17th, instead of the Bivol rematch, Alvarez will lock horns once again with Gennady Golovkin in their third fight in what has been an explosive and controversial series of bouts between the two boxing superstars.

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Canelo v GGG III – The History

The first bout between the two saw the undefeated Golovkin, the WBA, WBC, IBF and

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Manager/trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso (L) talks with Canelo Alvarez in his corner after the fifth round of his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout against Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boxers fought to a draw and Golovkin retained his titles. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

IBO middleweight champion, taking on The Ring middleweight champion in Canelo on September 16th 2017 in Las Vegas.

The sold-out T-Mobile Arena witnessed a dramatic fight, which saw both fighters enjoy success throughout the contest.

It should be noted here that many pundits felt that while it was close and a draw not out of the question, that GGG had done just enough to win the fight.

However, when the judges’ scorecards were announced after 12 brutal rounds, the fight was declared a split draw, with one judge heavily criticised for scoring the bout 118-110 for Canelo.

Given the controversial ending of the first fight, a rematch seemed a certainty and was duly negotiated to take place in May of 2018.

However, in the run up to the fight, Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol and was suspended for six months, which meant that the rematch would need to be moved to September when his suspension would finish.

The second fight was equally spectacular and perhaps even more evenly contested than the first, with both fighters having dominant spells in the fight.

However, the judges awarded the win to Canelo by a majority decision.

This proved controversial once again as on the sidelines, other boxing panelists and media outlets scoring the bouts (18 in total) had Golovkin winning in 10, a draw in seven and only one had Alvarez winning the fight.

It seemed Canelo v GGG III was on the cards, but it has taken until now to get the fight sorted.

Super Middleweight

September’s bout will see Canelo put his unified Super Middleweight title belts on the

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin sits in his corner against Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

line and will also see Golovkin make his debut at the 168lb weight limit.

Speaking about the first two fights, the Kazakhstan boxer commented:

“I am comfortable knowing I won those fights. I do not look back at the decisions…I thought I won the first two, so winning the third one would be the same to me.”

Golovkin also made plenty of references to Canelo failing the drugs test before the second fight which has led to a souring of relations between the two camps.

Alvarez has also publicly stated that has noted the comments made by Golovkin in the past and he has taken those comments personally.

No venue has yet been set for the fights, but with the first two taking place in Las Vegas, it seems likely that this would be the venue for the trilogy fight.

Spent Forces?

Since losing to Alvarez, GGG beat Steve Rolls and then won the IBF and IBO middleweight titles with a win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He defended those belts against Kamil Szeremeta and Ryota Murata, and in the last fight also claimed the WBA (Super) middleweight title.

However, commentators did remark that Golovkin didn’t seem to have the same stamina and power that he possessed earlier in his career.

Similarly, after dominating the super middleweight division, Alvarez moved up to light heavyweight to face Dmitry Bivol last time out and was well beaten by the Russian champion.

Certainly, both fighters are perhaps not the same as they were back in 2017 and 2018, but even so, this will still likely be the headline fight of the year so far.

Betting Odds

Early betting odds have seen Saul Alvarez installed as the -410 favorite to win the bout, with Golovkin +290 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

However, I do expect those odds to fluctuate markedly in the build-up to September’s fight.

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