Canelo vows to knock out Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin attends a news conference. | AP

Gennady Golovkin attends a news conference. | AP

Golden Boy Promotions dawdled long enough to draw the ire of boxing fans when it came to making Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin, a match so obvious that it would have sadly come as no surprise if it had never materialized. He has done it fighting everywhere but in the boxing capital of the world, where he will make his debut against Alvarez at Las Vegas' new T-Mobile Arena.

Whatever you call it, it shapes up as the most anticipated fight of the year in boxing.

Without looking past my next fight, just a couple of successful defences of that belt and I could be within touching distance of fighting the victor of this weekend's fight in Vegas. "The most important thing for me is victory", the Mexican told reporters at Vegas' famous MGM Grand.

You can watch the pre-fight press conference featuring Canelo and Golovkin live beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.

An early knockout win for Alvarez or Golovkin-truth is Alvarez has not faced anybody like Golovkin and vice versa, so the popular saying "wait till the first punch lands" would apply to this fight, or whoever gets rattled or unsettled by the punching power of his opponent will likely lose before the sixth round.

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"It's the biggest day for boxing, for this era - this huge history fight", said Kazakh fighter Golovkin. The fight with Mayweather in 2013 was a massive affair and since then, despite losing, he has actually become an even bigger star. And the ideal fight for me.

"I'm expecting the very best Gennady, a well-rounded Gennady", Alvarez said. Like it or not, both fighters and judges are affected by the hostility or encouragement of the crowd.

Amir Khan will be commentating this weekend for United Kingdom broadcaster BoxNation on the Golovkin vs Canelo fight and will come as a welcome break for the Bolton fighter after a turbulent year gone by.

I don't believe that Canelo can trade with Golovkin and come out on top or untouched.

Billy Joe Saunders v Willie Munroe Jr is on the same night in London so I'll be interested in seeing that fight as well, with the only other middleweight belt on the line - the WBO. "We've seen the best of him and I think people actually know - and this is a big factor - he is just human".

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