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Gennady Golovkin v Saul Alvarez preview: Canelo’s 5 biggest boxing matches

Leigh Copson 24 Jul 2017
Saul Alvarez (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

For the second time in his career Saul Alvarez will try to inflict a first professional defeat on a dominant fighter, and ahead of his September 16 showdown with Gennady Golovkin our own Leigh Copson has been looking back on the biggest fights of ‘Canelo’s career so far.


Saul Alvarez v Austin Trout (April 2013)


WBA champion Austin Trout represented the toughest test of Alvarez’s career so far, but ‘Canelo’ delivered in front of almost 40,000 fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Trout, who had recently beaten Miguel Cotto, was the much more active fighter during the first half of the fight, but Alvarez was trading quantity for quality on this occasion and landed 43% of his power punches. One of those punches – a counter right hand – dropped Trout in the seventh round and ‘Canelo’ took charge from there to claim a unanimous decision victory.

Saul Alvarez v Floyd Mayweather (September 2013)


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Could Alvarez do what no other man had managed to do by inflicting a first professional defeat on Floyd Mayweather? One of the judges somehow managed to score the fight a 114-114 draw after 12 rounds, but the simple fact was ‘Canelo’ was not in Mayweather’s league on the night, with ‘Money’ not once looking troubled as he outclassed the Mexican fighter to improve to 44-0.

Saul Alvarez v James Kirkland (May 2015)


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Alvarez had rebounded from the loss to Mayweather by beating Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara, but he was back to his clinical best when he stepped into the ring with James Kirkland at the Minute Maid Park baseball stadium in Houston. Kirkland’s brutal punching power and aggressive approach made him a dangerous opponent for ‘Canelo’, but the Mexican was able to counter that with accuracy and devastating punching power of his own, dropping Kirkland once in the first and twice more in the third before finishing him off with a devastating right hand that knocked Kirkland out cold.

Saul Alvarez v Miguel Cotto (November 2015)


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Miguel Cotto had revived his career by bringing in Freddie Roach as his trainer, winning three straight fights, and that set up this showdown with Alvarez in Las Vegas – a renewal of the famous Puerto Rico-Mexico boxing rivalry. ‘Canelo’ ensured it would be Mexico celebrating on this night, dominating almost all of the contest as the judges gave him between nine and 11 of the 12 rounds.

Saul Alvarez v Amir Khan (May 2016)


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Few gave Amir Khan much of a shot at being Alvarez because he was moving up a couple of weights for the bout, but the British fighter’s hand-speed and movement gave ‘Canelo’ plenty of problems as he appeared to be winning on the scorecards after five rounds. However, all Alvarez needed was one dip in concentration to turn the fight on its head and it came in the sixth round as he landed a violent overhand right that left Khan unconscious on the canvas.


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Gennady Golovkin v Saul Alvarez preview: Canelo’s 5 biggest boxing matches

For the second time in his career Saul Alvarez will try to inflict a first professional defeat on a dominant fighter, and ahead of his September 16 showdown with Gennady Golovkin our own Leigh Copson has been looking back on the biggest fights of ‘Canelo’s career so far.

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