Golovkin vs Alvarez Best Boxing Betting Lines
GGG vs. Canelo Is The Stuff Of Legend
The benchmark for middleweight title bouts is the 1985 slugfest between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns that some classify as the greatest fight in boxing history. Will Saturday’s GGG-Canelo middleweight title scrap reach those heights? Well, that would be a tall order to fill, but let’s put it this way – it should be the best middleweight title bout since Hagler-Hearns.
The betting lines certainly would indicate the closeness of this bout. Bovada.lv lists Golovkin as the favorite at -160, with Alvarez at +130, a far cry from the lopsided lines for the recent Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor crossover fight.
Bovada is also offering several prop bets on the fight. Golovkin is +160 to win by knockout, and +275 to take it via decision. An Alvarez verdict by knockout offers odds of +500, while his triumph by decision garners odds of +205.
Boxing purists see the fight as a chance for the sport to heal itself from the Mayweather circus against UFC champion McGregor, and this one has all the makings of a classic showdown. Both fighters enter the ring looking to bring about an end to the bout as quickly as possible. They are the anti-Mayweather. As GGG puts it, he does not come to dance, he comes to fight.
You could say the same thing about Alvarez. Just 27, he’s already fought 51 times as a pro, losing just once and winning 67 percent of his bouts via knockout. Golovkin, 35, is 37-0 as a pro, deliivering victory by knockout in 33 of those instances.
Critics point to Golovkin’s last fight, a points verdict over Daniel Jacobs, the first time in nine years that he’s required a visit to the judges’ scorecards in order to claim a win, as a sign that GGG is slowing down and primed for his first setback. Others suggest it was the reach advantage that Jacobs enjoyed, something that Alvarez won’t have in his arsenal, that gave Golovkin difficulties.
Golovkin is the most powerful puncher in the middleweight division and studies have shown he hits as hard as a 175-pound light heavyweight. Alvarez can also punch with force, but Golovkin’s chin has shown the ability to take a shot throughout his career.
It’s interesting to note that Mayweather, known for handpicking his opponents at the precise time they should be the most vulnerable, opted to fight Alvarez in 2013, handing the talented Mexican his only pro defeat. But Mayweather never entertained the notion of stepping into the ring with Golovkin in what very well might have been a showdown that would have exceeded the payday produced by his fight with McGregor.
Alvarez has nonetheless categorized this bout as his most dangerous fight, while Golovkin lists it as the biggest challenge of his boxing career. The Kazakh fighter was so committed in his preparation for the bout that he declined to leave his training camp to be present for the birth of his second child.
Alvarez is a more canny fighter than Golovkin, but the key to success for him will be to avoid allowing Golovkin to take control of the fight with his solid jab, the punch he utilizes to set up his opponents for the more powerful punishment that is to follow. Golovkin also attacks from unconventional angles and that can throw off an opponent’s defensive strategy. Alvarez’s will is most certainly going to be tested.
Golovkin will need to stifle the technical advantage that Alvarez holds. He’s a punishing body puncher and definitely will look to wear down Golovkin in that fashion. It’s also quite possible that Alvarez learned a lesson from Mayweather, and is fighting Golovkin at precisely the right time. But unlike Mayweather, Golovkin can end this fight with one punch.Pick: Golovkin (-160) Bovada
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovking Fight Card
|Gennady Golovkin (c)||Canelo Alvarez||Middleweight titles|
|Joseph Diaz Jr.||Rafael River||Featherweight|
|Randy Caballero||Diego De La Hoya||Junior featherweight|
|Ryan Martin||Francisco Rojo||Lightweight|
|Vergil Ortiz||Cesar Valenzuela||Junior welterweight|
|Marlen Esparza||Aracely Palacios||Female flyweight|
|Serhii Bohachuk||TBA||Junior middleweight|
|Nicola Adams||Alexandra Vlajk||Female junior bantamweight|
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