As the boxing world gears up for the hotly anticipated rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin on September 15, middleweight rival Billy Joe Saunders has tipped the Kazhakstani fighter to overcome his Mexican opponent.
Widely regarded as the world's top two middlewights, the Alvarez and Golovkin rivalry has been dogged by controversy.
Their first meeting in 2017 ended in a contentious draw, and was the subject of much debate and argument, especially at the questionable scoring of one of the judges, who gave the fight 118-110 in favour of Canelo.
After much negotiation, a rematch was arranged for May of this year but after Canelo dramatically tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, the fight was cancelled with the Mexican serving a somewhat lenient six-month suspension.
With the drug ban almost served, both fighters are ready to rumble once more in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and fellow middleweight Saunders has had his say on how he feels the fight will go on September 15th.
Asked about the tactics for the rematch, Saunders believes it will be a lot more exciting and action-packed than the previous encounter.
"I think they shared half the fight, both their tactics were half of one end and half of the other," he told BT Sport. "I think that this time they are going to have an early kick-off and we are going to see a lot more action.
However, ultimately he believes the 36-year-old Kazhakstani will be too strong for Canelo.
"I think if its a fair fight, fair decision, Golovkin might just have the edge. I think Golovkin from about 8 to 10 or on points."
The unbeaten British WBO middleweight world champion was quick to remind everyone that he would be happy to fight either of them and is in no doubt about the outcome.
"I'd fight either one of them in my front room or back garden, no problem. I would prove that I'm the king."
Saunders himself is preparing to defend his belt against similarly unbeaten American Demetrius Andrade on October 20 in Boston and although he claims they are the two best boxers in the division, he will be very keen to eventually face off against the winner of the Las Vegas showdown as he knows that ultimately that is where the riches and respect lie.News Now - Sport News