For the first time since March 2014, Canelo Alvarez will play Saturday after a loss at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Despite being dominated by Dmitry Bivol for 12 rounds in May, Alvarez still believes he is the best fighter in the world as he risks promotion to face the undefeated weight The risk of a heavyweight title.
For now, Alvarez is 57-2 with two draws. However, many believe one of those victories should be a loss, with the man who was said to have been taken away from him will challenge him for a third time on Saturday night.
Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin got his third shot at the Mexican superstar, but this time for all of Alvarez’s super middleweight belts — a heavyweight fight that Golovkin has never competed in. Their first game of 2017 ended in a draw (118-110 Alvarez, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114). Then Alvarez won the rematch a year later by a majority (115-113, 115-113 and 114-114), and the battle between the two sides was even more intense. On Saturday, Golovkin advanced to 168 pounds to challenge undisputed champion Alvarez in a trilogy that has been in production for five years.
At BetMGM, Alvarez was the favourite to beat Golovkin at -500, with “GGG” at +375. Alvarez +150 for a KO/TKO/DQ win and +110 for a decision win. Golovkin, 40, is at +800 for a KO/TKO/DQ win in April. He has a +700 decision win.
In the co-main event, WBC super flyweight champion Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (16-0) will defend his title against little-known Israel Gonzalez (28-4-1, 11 KO). Ali Ahmedov and Gabriel Rosado meet in a 10-round super middleweight bout. Turning on the pay-per-view will be middleweight Austin Williams and Keeron Conway in a 10-round match.
Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole is watching the show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, so stay tuned to our live tracker below for all the latest updates and analysis.
Canelo-GGG 3 Live Updates
Canelo-GGG 3 Main Odds, Results, Highlights
All odds are via BetMGM.
Super middleweight: Canelo Alvarez -500 vs Gennady Golovkin +375
Super flyweight: Jesse Rodriguez def. Israel Gonzalez unanimous decision (118-109, 117-110, 114-113)
Super middleweight: Ali Ahmedov def. Gabriel Rosado by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
Middleweight: Austin Williams def. Kieron Conway unanimous decision (96-93, 97-92, 97-92)