Canelo Alvarez has 39 pre-trilogy knockout wins with Gennady Golovkin never giving up despite 394 fights

Prolific knockout artist Saul Canelo Alvarez and granite-chinned Gennady Golovkin will complete their epic trilogy of fights on Saturday night.

GGG is set to move up to super middleweight to challenge his bitter rival for his undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world titles on September 17.

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Canelo and GGG will meet again on Saturday evening

In 2017, Golovkin and Canelo shared the ring for the first time in a hugely entertaining and competitive 12-round bout that ended in a disputed draw that many believe robbed the Kazakh fighter of a win.

The following year, Alvarez won a narrow majority decision in their rematch, but GGG still insisted he had won both fights and now would have his chance for revenge.

However, to clinch his long-awaited victory over the Mexican superstar, Golovkin must once again be able to stand up to his now legendary power.

Álvarez turned professional at 15 and knocked out 11 of his first 13 opponents, all of whom were significantly older than him.

Now Canelo, 32, is one of boxing’s most feared punchers after brutally knocking out Liam Smith, Amir Khan, James Kirkland and Sergey Kovalev.

Even if it doesn’t shut you down completely, it is capable of causing significant damage.

The power that Canelo possesses usually puts opponents to sleep


The power that Canelo possesses usually puts opponents to sleep

When they don't, it causes so much damage that they are unable to continue fighting.


When they don’t, it causes so much damage that they are unable to continue fighting.

Just ask Billy Joe Saunders who suffered an orbital fracture when he fought Canelo or Callum Smith whose arms were swollen after blocking the super middleweight king’s shots for 12 rounds.

In his 61-fight career which included 39 wins by stoppage, it seems only one man could take his power without any problems and that is Golovkin.

The 40-year-old ate countless power punches from Canelo during their feud and never touched the ground or seemed slightly bothered by what was happening to him.

Famously, in the ninth round of their first fight, Canelo caught GGG with a perfect punch, but his opponent remained impassive, and the Mexican even looked slightly worried about the apparent zombie standing in front of him.

“I remember that punch,” Golovkin told DAZN. “I let him pass. It wasn’t, I don’t know what to call it – it wasn’t hard.

Golovkin fought 394 times and was never given up

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Golovkin fought 394 times and was never given up

Rematch between Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez canceled after drug shaming of Mexican fighter


He ate Canelo’s best shot like it was nothing

“It was kind of like a slap in the face, I guess. Or a slipping punch but it didn’t hurt too much.

Golovkin has arguably the most enduring chin in boxing history, having never been knocked down or otherwise stopped in a total of 394 fights, 44 as a professional and 350 as an amateur.

However, some believe his incredible streak will come to an end this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, mainly because of his advanced age.

It’s rare to see someone still at the top of their game at 40 and Canelo’s former opponent Saunders thinks Golovkin won’t be able to withstand hard hits like he used to.

He told talkSPORT: “Obviously the two fights were two good fights before, but I just think the age factor has crept in a bit more than it was a few years ago.

Golovkin has a tough question against Canelo at the age of 40

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Golovkin has a tough question against Canelo at the age of 40

“It’s very smart from Canelo’s team, after a loss and then very well against Golovkin. I think the age factor will lead to the appearance of the old man’s legs [play] and maybe even a shutdown.

“Age is a big factor in this fight now. The man is 40 years old, and you can’t really expect him to go back in time to five or 10 years ago, when he was at his best.

“I have to go with a Canelo win. Maybe from rounds 8-12 off.

After nearly 400 seemingly bulletproof fights, we definitely won’t back down from GGG’s chin in this one, even though he faces one of the biggest pound-for-pound punchers in boxing history. .

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