Undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez weighed in at 167.4 pounds for his trilogy fight against Gennadiy Golovkin on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and live on DAZN. Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) weighed in at a career high 167.8 pounds.
Golovkin showed no signs of exhaustion as if watching the last weigh-ins in the past three years.
Maybe Eddie Hearn is right that the extra weight is good for Golovkin. We will go out on Saturday night if Golovkin has added strength and stamina as he will need it to claim the win over Canelo.
“Not new. As always,” Golovkin said of what he saw during his showdown with Canelo. “If you’re a real boxing fan, you know who the real champion is.”
Golovkin’s message to the crowd suggests he’s not happy with what happened in his previous two fights with Canelo in terms of scoring. He still feels he deserved to win both contests, so it’s no surprise that he considers himself the “true champion”.
If Golovkin can win this fight, he’ll partially even the score with Canelo and likely earn himself a fourth fight. To get the win, Golovkin will have to do something really special because that’s Canelo’s place, and he’s the A side.
“That’s what I want. It won’t be easy. He’s a great fighter. I want to finish him in 12 rounds,” Canelo said.
In the co-feature, WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez weighed in at 114.8 pounds for his title defense against veteran Israel Gonzalez. For his part, Gonzalez weighed 114.6 pounds.
The two had a long downward stare that was eventually cut short by Hearn, who had to break them. As Bam walked away, he smiled at Gonzalez as if to let him know what was in store for him on Saturday night.
“He can watch whatever he wants, but on Saturday night he’s going to see that I’m something special,” Bam Rodriguez said. “It’s not going 12 rounds.
“I feel like I work better under pressure, and the pressure I put on myself is to end that in 12 rounds,” Canelo Alvarez said of his goal to knock out Gennadiy Golovkin on Saturday night.
“It’s going to be tough, but that’s what I want to accomplish on Saturday night,” Canelo said of his desire to quit GGG.