This Fight Is Important For My Legacy’. Boxing Preps For Álvarez-Golovkin Trilogy

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This Fight Is Important For My Legacy’. Boxing Preps For Álvarez-Golovkin Trilogy
At the beginning of this year, middleweight boxing superstar Canelo Álvarez was widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But to the surprise of pugilism pundits worldwide, Álvarez slipped. In May, Dmitry Bivol of Russia upset Álvarez in a light-heavyweight matchup, handing Álvarez, just the second loss of his professional career.

Álvarez-Golovkin Trilogy in view



All which makes tonight’s fight, between Álvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin in Las Vegas, all the more crucial for Álvarez. The Mexican boxer is already one of the most influential fighters of the 21st century. In 2018, he inked staggering 11-fight, $365 million fight deal with DAZN, a new sports media entity that had just launched. Álvarez, who hails from Mexico, trains in Southern California and has homes in both San Diego and Guadalajara, is popular throughout North America. Although his original DAZN deal fell through, Álvarez, 32, re-upped with DAZN for a lucrative two-fight deal in February.

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“This fight is very important for my career,” Álvarez told TIME in a pre-fight interview. “Golovkin is a great fighter with a lot of accomplishments. This fight is important for my legacy, to be remembered as one of the greatest fighters in boxing history.”

These two fighters share a history. In 2017, they met for the first time in the ring, and the bout ended in a controversial draw; although Golovkin connected on 50 more punches than his opponent, one judge called it a draw, another gave Golovkin the fight, and one judge turned in a baffling card for Álvarez, scoring the fight 118-110 in his favor. It was one of the richest fights in the history of the sport: it sold more than $27 million in tickets, and attracted more than 1.3 million pay-per-view buys. A rematch was announced in January of 2018, but about two months before the early May fight date, Álvarez tested positive for a banned substance, clenbuterol. He blamed the result on meat from Mexico, an excuse with precedence. An NFL player, Duane Brown, had a potential clenbuterol suspension overturned around 2016, successfully arguing that the positive test resulted from eating tainted Mexican beef. The Nevada State Athletic Commission still suspended Álvarez for six months, and the rematch was rescheduled for Sept. 15, 2018.

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