For boxing purists, this is the fight they’ve been waiting all summer for.
Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor was nothing more than a ‘freak show’ in the eyes of some, but the circus has now gone home and it’s time for the real action to resume.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s long-awaited bout against Gennady Golovkin (GGG) on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Mayweather recorded the 50th victory of his illustrious career last month, has the potential to be the fight of the year.
Canelo, 27, has only lost one of his 51 professional fights and that was against Mayweather back in September 2013.
The Mexican goes into the fight as the underdog, with the heavy-hitting Golovkin still undefeated during his 11-year professional career.
Canelo confident he will knock out Golovkin
The 35-year-old has registered an impressive 33 knockouts from his 37 fights, but Canelo is confident he can defeat the revered Kazakhstani.
"This fight, I don't see it going 12 rounds,” Canelo told TMZ, per Bleacher Report, earlier this year. “I can almost guarantee it won't make the 12 rounds."
He added that he will “without a doubt” knock out GGG.
Anthony Joshua has now made his prediction
But which of the fighters does Anthony Joshua, whose epic victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in April is a serious contender for best fight of 2017, see triumphing later this month?
“I hope Canelo wins, not that I don't like Triple G,” the British heavyweight was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “I have just been riding with Canelo for a long time.
“He's 27 and the man has achieved so much and he'll be one of the fathers. He's still a baby but he'll be one of the fathers in the sport, give him another 10 years. He'll be around for a long time and I think he'll do great things for the sport.
“So I have been riding with Canelo for a long time but it's going to be a tough fight because Triple G is from Kazakhstan, he has the good foundations of a boxer. But so has Canelo, so I'll put my money on him.”
The bookies have Canelo as the underdog
The bookmakers currently have Canelo priced at 11/8, so there’s money to be had there, AJ.
But the smart money at this moment in time would appear to be on GGG, who’s currently priced at 4/7.