Boxing fans have been waiting for this matchup for quite some time. Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will meet this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to unify all the major titles in the middleweight division. Golvkin is a –145 favorite at press time after opening at –175.
Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) is the more popular fighter of the two, and he’s coming off a fairly impressive win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., although Chavez didn’t put up much of a fight after cutting down below 164.5 pounds. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) had to settle for a rare decision in his most recent win over Daniel Jacobs, a much closer match than expected.
Saturday’s bout might not challenge the recent Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. superfight at the box office, but it’s still a marquee matchup. There are 45 different ways to bet on this fight at press time; the Method of Victory prop has Golovkin pegged at +160 to win by KO/TKO/DQ, while Canelo is +190 to win by decision. Don’t expect a short fight, either, as the decision is priced at –130 compared to +265 for any ending before Round 7 and +220 for a later stoppage.