Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Canelo Alvarez Training For 1st Round KO In Gennady Golovkin Rematch

Canelo Alvarez Training For 1st Round KO In Gennady Golovkin Rematch

That showed at Friday's weigh-in, when the two fighters had to be separated in their only face-to-face appearance before the fight.

To wake up Sunday morning as the 160-pound champion, though, he'll have to take some chances he didn't in his first fight with Golovkin a year ago.

Golovkin and his team have contended that they simply don't believe him.

The two were initially schedule for a May 5 rematch, but it had to be canceled because Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance twice.

That means they won't have a staredown until the final instructions before the first bell rings.

The fight last fall ended in a swirl of controversy after judge Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 for Golovkin; while Don Trella saw it a 114-114 and Adelaide Byrd favored Alvarez 118-110. This is the best GGG I have ever trained. Many at ringside thought he won that bout, but Alvarez pulled off a draw by winning the late rounds as the 36-year-old Golovkin seemed to fade.

Alvarez brushed it off.

"Every night in my bed before I go to sleep I visualize what I need to do to get the knockout", Alvarez said through an interpreter. Even so, Canelo told TMZ that his aim is to put Gennady Golovkin on the canvas within the first round of action: "Without a doubt, I'll be going in there to knock him out, that's what I've worked for", he conveyed through a translator.

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The official purses were confirmed to ESPN by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, although both fighters are expected to make upwards of tens of millions more after pay-per-view sales.

A bout that was a thriller first time round.

Mexico's Alvarez, 28, who was mistakenly called to the scale first but would not budge until Golovkin weighed in, was 159.4 pounds.

Topping the undercard is rising Mexican star Jaime Munguia, who saw off Britain's Liam Smith on BT Sport in July to extend his flawless record to 30-0 (25 KOs).

The Golovkin camp has been relentless in chastising Alvarez for the failed test and postponement of the rematch. And that could be a real problem against a fearsome puncher who has knocked out 34 fighters in his 39 professional fights. After their weigh-ins, a heated moment came when "GGG" and Canelo faced off, and trash talked.

"I want to punish him", said Golovkin, 38-0-1 with 34 knockouts.

Yet while Alvarez was able to frustrate Golovkin, he did little in the way of meaningful damage.

Munguia will make $250,000, Cook $30,000, Lemieux $200,000, O'Sullivan $400,000, Gonzalez $200,000 and Fuentes $35,000. However, each will earn tens of millions overall due to their percentages of the profits from an event that could generate nine figures.

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