Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin hadn’t faced off in a long time, and there have been a lot of words traded to the press.
After the fighters made weight today for tomorrow night’s rematch in Las Vegas, the sides got a scrappy and scuffled a bit, but it was all quickly broken up, setting the stage for tomorrow night’s highly-anticipated showdown.
“He is like a clown. He’s a showman, not a true guy,” Golovkin said of the shoving. “Tomorrow you’ll see a real war. Not a regular fight. A special war.”
“I got excited seeing all the fans, it motivated me,” Canelo said. “I defeated the weigh-n, now I’ll defeat him on Saturday.”
Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO) weighed in at 159.6 pounds, just a bit more than Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO), who came in at 159.4, both under the 160-pound limit.
The other three fights set for the HBO pay-per-view broadcast are also good to go.
Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO) will defend his WBO junior middleweight title against Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KO) in the featured undercard bout of the evening. Munguia weighed in at 154, with Cook at 153¼.
The trash talk between David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KO) and Spike O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO) nearly boiled over, too, as the two middleweights nearly came to blows. Lemieux weighed in at 160, with O’Sullivan at 159¼.
The opener, and only 10-round bout of the broadcast, will see Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KO) look to bounce back from two straight defeats when he returns to take on Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO). Gonzalez weighed in at 114½, with Fuentes at 116.