Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) clashes with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) in a rematch from their fight last year, which was ruled a controversial draw.
Many believe that Golovkin deserved the win but hopefully all will be settled on September 15. The first fight took place on September 16, 2017 and it was entertaining, even with the lousy decision. Will the added experience from the first fight help Alvarez do better or will Golovkin handle Alvarez more decisively.
Beating 'Canelo' Alvarez on the cards is not easy but judging backlash has to be taken into consideration when betting on this fight. In boxing, when a rematch is made from a fight where injustice took place, the fighter that was affected usually gets the benefit of the doubt in the second fight. Golovkin could get more love on the scorecards.
That said, timing could favor Alvarez. Golovkin is now 36 years old and although he didn't look bad in his knockout win against Vanes Martirosyan on May 5, he may have peaked, as he wasn't dominant in his close fights against Daniel Jacobs and 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, rematch, 12 rounds, for Golovkin's WBA/WBO middleweight title
September 15, 2018
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Betting odds at Jazz Sportsbook:
'Canelo' Alvarez +150
Gennady Golovkin -175
Over 11.5 (-185)
Under 11.5 (+160)
Gennady Golovkin is the better fighter but taking a -175 favorite like him against Alvarez, who seems to always get the benefit of the doubt is a risk. Judges don't score a round against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez often. Just remember how his fight against Floyd Mayweather seemed like an easy decision loss but it was only a majority decision. Also, what looked like a close win over Miguel Cotto was scored like it was a landslide and don't forget the decision win against Erislandy Lara and the first fight against Golovkin. When rounds can be argued, Alvarez seems to get them.
Again, Golovkin was the victim in the first fight and victimized fighters usually get sympathy from judges in rematches. There will always be politics in boxing but I'm going with the better fighter, I'm taking Golovkin in this rematch.
Boxing Pick: Gennady Golovkin -175 at Jazz Sportsbook
Check odds here: https://goo.gl/dVwAAb
Odds as seen on ESPN Chalk: https://goo.gl/ji6GJZ