Alvarez Legacy Online in the Triple G Trilogy

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been warned his legacy is in jeopardy if Gennady Golovkin wins the third fight of her epic trilogy in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Mexican superstar is putting his super middleweight titles on the line against his bitter rival Kazakhstan, knowing that a second consecutive loss following his light heavyweight loss to Dmitry Bivol earlier this year would be a disaster.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Alvarez can’t afford a second loss but the 32-year-old looked in excellent shape at Friday’s weigh-in, which was attended by hundreds of his fans in the sweltering Nevada heat.

Alvarez tipped the scales at 75.93 kg, while Golovkin was slightly heavier at 167.8 lbs.

The Matchroom promoter said: “If Canelo loses then I think he’s in a terrible position to take back-to-back losses. He was suddenly number one pound for pound, you’ll probably take him out of the top 10 if Golovkin wins.

“It will be such an epic fight and victory that everyone will want to see it again. (Golovkin) has already shared 24 rounds with Canelo. He knows how to fight him. It’s not like he has to go in and figure out the best way to beat him on the night.”

– granite chins –

While Alvarez is the clear favorite at the Las Vegas bookies, Golovkin, 40, should not be underestimated and has a serious chance to avenge the only career loss Alvarez suffered in the pair’s second fight of 2018, which ended in one Very tight point decision for the Mexican.

“This is a trilogy fight between two of the modern day greats, two warriors who are desperate to win,” added Hearn, who believes Golovkin is far better suited to the super middleweight class than trying to lift 160lbs for the division earning below, where he holds three belts.

“The first two were tremendous fights. Both can’t stand each other and have granite chins.

“They really want to win. Both are brilliant, one is the undisputed champion, the other is a unified world middleweight champion. I think if you look back on the three fights we’ll be sure to talk about that in the future.”

Many point to Golovkin’s age as a potential obstacle to victory but the Kazakh smiles at suggestions his career could be over if Alvarez emerges victorious.

“He thinks he’s capable of making those allegations and saying he can knock me out, he can end my career. Who is he to start and end anyone’s career,” Golovkin said.

“Maybe he’s just trying, I don’t know, to score a few points. But given his age and position, it’s not his fault. If he wanted that fight back then, if he thought it was personal, that fight should have happened right away. Why did he wait four years?”

Despite the long time gap, Golovkin said the familiarity will lead to a difficult fight.

“We know each other very well and it’s going to be a very tough fight for both of us based on that,” he said.

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