Golovkin vs Alvarez II: Golovkin to improve in rematch
Golovkin vs Alvarez Preview and Predictions
It's probably unwise to make Gennady Golovkin angry, but that is how the unbeaten Kazakh will enter the ring for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fight night information
When is it? Sunday 16th September
What time will it start? 05:00 (UK time)
Where is it? Las Vegas
Which channel is it on? BT Sport Box Office
Golovkin, one of the biggest punchers in the sport, felt he had been robbed when the pair's first fight at the same venue in September last year was controversially declared to be a split-decision draw.
And his mood hardly improved when a scheduled rematch had to be shelved when his opponent tested positive for clenbuterol - Alvarez subsequently claimed his positive test had been down to eating contaminated meat.
The circumstances have only served to hype up the rematch, which is to all intents and purposes for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world, with some already projecting another of the sport's great trilogies. With that in mid, a small saver on the 16/1 draw is the first of our Golovkin vs Alvarez II betting tips.
Irrespective, ahead of their second meeting they are both stating their intent to get the job done for good, and without the inevitable respect which peppered their early rounds last year, the chances are this bout will be even better.
On the face of it this is all good news for Golovkin. Aside from his post-fight insinuations of corruption, he can point to specific areas in which he could have improved to leave the verdict beyond all doubt.
Golovkin eased through the early rounds, feeling out his opponent and presumably testing his chances of adding yet another knockout win to his collection - such an eventuality would have been his 37th from 38 professional contests.
By the time he realised it probably wasn't going to happen, Golovkin had lost a handful of the early rounds and, increasingly desperate to pull himself back into the fight, missed the chance to capitalise when Alvarez evidently tired through the middle rounds.
Instead it was the tough Mexican who finished stronger, landing the majority of the cleanest shots throughout, leaving Golovkin non-plussed at the verdict but not exactly able to file it amongst the biggest robberies in history.
Waiting for Alvarez, Golovkin dispatched Vanes Martirosyan in a title defence in May, while Alvarez busied himself with a back-dated six-month suspension for his positive drugs test.
Estamos listos nos vemos mañana en Las Vegas 👊🏻🔥 pic.twitter.com/k1CkqKjWLo-- Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) September 10, 2018
One of the imponderables in the Golovkin vs Alvarez rematch is to what extent, if any, his battle outside the ring will have affected his popularity and his focus inside it.
All things considered, it is harder to make a case for Alvarez winning this fight. Like Golovkin, he needs to be aggressive from the first bell, which does not augur well for the stamina he will need again in the middle rounds. Golovkin at 9/1 to win between rounds four and six is not out of the question and looks a value pick in our Golovkin vs Alvarez predictions.
Alvarez is tough, and will have some success, probably catching the eye of the judges again. But a surely-improved Golovkin will start faster and thunder in more of the trademark body-shots which were strangely absent first time round.
For those reasons, Golovkin to win at 4/6 remains the sensible if unspectacular bet.
Golovkin vs Alvarez II Betting Tips
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