Jim Lampley feels there's much more at stake for Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night than three middleweight titles, boxing's record for the most consecutive 160-pound championship defenses, his earning power moving forward and his pride.
Golovkin appeared to have done enough to edge Canelo out during a thrilling 12-round contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, only to be denied by the judges' scorecards in a now-infamous decision. The fight will be broadcast on HBO PPV.
"A lot of people stay too long at the fair and Triple-G is 36 years old, nearly 37", Lampley said. "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet". You think you could find any other boxer who's weighed in at the same weight 390 times?
Alvarez, whose only defeat in a 52-fight career was a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather, admits the accusations have riled him. Alvarez, 28, has maintained his innocence, citing tainted meat in Mexico after he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
After they were pulled apart, Triple G said: 'He showed the clown he is.
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Eventually, to the delight of fight fans around the world, the two parties came together for a third time on a deal that will see the duo go to war for the WBA and WBC middleweight world titles, nearly a year to the day since their first meeting.
"I just want him (Alvarez) to do what he says he will do and try for a knockout", said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez. But he went 12 tough rounds against Daniel Jacobs before going the distance with Alvarez, and there are some in boxing who believe his skills are eroding at the age of 36.
"In the eyes of most observers a year ago he fought the best possible opponent and he won the fight, in the eyes of most observers", Lampley said.
"I'm bothered by all the stupid things they've been saying and I've been using it as motivation in my training for this fight". He might be teetering on the edge. And if he can deliver that great performance and he can this fight the way his legacy and his destiny require him to do, then he's made his statement. "I defeated the weigh-in, and now it's time to defeat him [Saturday] night".
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