The controversial scorecards ended into a majority draw decision.
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Regardless, he was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission before being handed a six-month ban, backdated from February, forcing him to pull out of the agreed rematch with Golovkin.
A fight that had to happen after the disputed draw in the first bout nearly didn't come to be after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol just before beginning training for what was supposed to be a May rematch.
Should Mexico's Canelo come out of the contest victorious, he'll become the first man to defeat Kazakstan native Golovkin and will add the WBA, WBC, and IBO middleweight titles to his list of honours.
In what is already being billed as a potential fight of the century, both Golovkin and Alvarez have been extremely vocal in the build-up to the clash about the other fighter, as well as how they see the fight planning out. "I would expect quite a few large bets Saturday". The 160-pound titles are at stake once again as the two fighters try to settle what they couldn't in last September's draw. Alvarez is 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts, and his only loss was five years ago to Mayweather.
"He's promised the fans he's going to knock him out, but in order to do that you have to be in range", Sanchez said.
Golovkin has - mostly through his trainer - tried to goad Alvarez into taking more chances in the rematch, claiming the Mexican star ran in the first fight.
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First up, pound-for-pound king and former four-division world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez makes his eagerly awaited return against experienced Mexican warrior Moises "Moi" Fuentes in a ten-round super flyweight bout.
A more aggressive approach from Alvarez, however, may well play into Golovkin's hands. Alvarez said he thought he won seven or eight rounds, while Golovkin disagreed.
Whether that translates into a more entertaining fight remains to be seen.
"I feel like there's no buzz about this fight at all", Murray said.
"If he intends to knock out Golovkin, he's going to have to fight him", Sanchez said. But both fighters seem determined not to let it be decided by the ringside judges. "It's a real fight, a real war".
"I had a great experience from the first fight", Golovkin said.