The eve of one of the fights of the year is upon us, as Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin meet in Vegas once more to settle the score of their much-disputed draw in the same city exactly a year ago.
Of all the many highlights of that fight there’s one that endures in the memory and is worth revisiting to whet the appetite ahead of Sunday morning.
Midway through the ninth round as Golovkin continued walking forward as he did so relentlessly throughout the fight, the Mexican unleashed a savage right hook that flew in over the Kazakh’s shoulder and caught him flush.
After a brief moment to absorb the shock, the middleweight champ took a step forward towards his younger opponent. The look on Canelo’s face tells it all, after landing a punch that could stop a train clean on Triple-G, he didn’t even get to see his foes knees wobble.
Astounding stuff - and he does indeed look astounded.
The credit that Canelo earned for that game showing against one of the greatest middleweights of all time was soured somewhat after he was found to be in breach of doping regulations twice when the presence of the banned steroid Clenbuterol.
He was subsequently suspended and has returned to action looking a slightly more slender version of himself in the eyes of many spectators and his performance post-ban will be an interesting subplot of a fight that hardly needed anymore.
Have a look at Golovkin’s death-defying feat below!