The fight that’s topped fans’ and analysts’ lists of dream match ups will finally go down later tonight (Sat., Sept. 16, 2017) as the red-headed pride of Mexico, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, faces arguably the sport’s premiere knockout artist in Gennady Golovkin. The two are set to lock horns in just a few hours inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, airing live on HBO Boxing pay-per-view (PPV).
It’s a fight that should have happened years ago and there are plenty of available targets on which to assign the blame, but the fact of the matter is that we finally get to see two of this generation’s defining fighters do battle.
We have to pay $70 to do it, but still.
What event is on tonight? “Canelo vs. Golovkin”
Who is fighting tonight ? Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin is the main event.
When does “Canelo vs. GGG” start? Tonight (Sat., Sep. 16, 2017), 8 p.m. ET on HBO PPV
Where will “Canelo vs. GGG” take place? T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
How can I watch “Canelo vs. GGG”? Main card start time at 8 p.m. ET on HBO PPV
Where can I get “Canelo vs. GGG” updates and results? LIVE (and free) “Canelo vs. GGG” results, including play-by-play updates, can be found right here!
Canelo is Mexico’s most beloved boxing star at the moment, a charismatic and destructive young man with excellent skills and finishing instincts in the ring. Golovkin is a flat-out terrifying slugger whose upbeat demeanor and charmingly busted English belie otherworldly power and the skills with which to deliver it.
These two have been dancing around one another, one perhaps a bit more than the other, for ages. Canelo actually vacated his WBC Middleweight title last year, which he only got the chance to fight Miguel Cotto for under the stipulation that the winner face Golovkin.
What’s changed? Well, Golovkin actually struggled in his two most recent fights. An undersized Kell Brook found Golovkin’s chin early and often before succumbing to that notorious power and Daniel Jacobs got off the canvas to defuse Golovkin with careful footwork. In Golden Boy Promotions’ mind, this is the ideal time: “GGG” is ostensibly weakened enough to risk pitting Canelo against him while at the same time still recognized as the best in the division.
Putting cynicism aside, though, the fact remains that this will almost certainly be a terrific fight. Both men are must-watch television against opponents willing to throw down and can deliver some jaw-dropping (and -breaking) finishes. It’s the best fight the middleweight division has to offer and is, in all likelihood, the most significant matchup in the sport now that Roman Gonzalez has been dethroned and the Andre Ward/Sergey Kovalev drama has reached a decisive conclusion.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
The co-feature needed a late substitution, as Jorge Lara suffered a back injury on Tuesday. Luckily, Rafael Rivera was there to step in against Joseph Diaz Jr. in what will hopefully move the winner toward a shot at Gary Russell Jr.
How The Undercard Looks:
Solid, if unspectacular. Jorge Lara was a much more significant and proven opponent for Diaz than Rivera is, but “JoJo” is still a pleasant watch and Rivera does have an undefeated record. Diego De La Hoya has looked like the goods in his young career and Randy Caballero, a former Bantamweight champ who moved up after nuking the scale in his first planned defense, is a quality matchup for him. The opener’s a little iffier, as Ryan Martin is another quality prospect but fighting Francisco Rojo may not tell us much more about his ceiling.
In short, nothing that could carry a show on its own, but it’s a decent lineup.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Canelo is still young enough and Golovkin is enough of a known threat that a loss wouldn’t be debilitating. Golovkin, on the other hand, is in his mid-thirties and struggled to get willing opponents even with a belt around his waist. Big money fights like Miguel Cotto will almost certainly be out of his reach if he falls tonight.
Interest Level: 10/10
It’s got the names, it’s got the hype, and the main event will almost certainly be fun as hell to watch. This is the kind of fight boxing should be producing far, far more often.
Full Canelo vs. Golovkin Fight Card:
PPV Main Card (8 p.m. ET):
Saul Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO) vs. IBF/IBO/WBA Super/WBC Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO)
Joseph Diaz Jr. (24-0, 13 KO) vs. Rafael Rivera (25-0-2, 16 KO)
Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KO) vs. Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KO)
Ryan Martin (29-0, 11 KO) vs. Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KO)