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Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin © Gallo Images

Now for the real deal: GGG v Canelo, live on SS

In the wake of the richest fight in history, SuperSport will now broadcast the most anticipated middleweight bout since the 1980s – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas in the early hours of September 17.

The action will be broadcast on SuperSport 2 (SA only) from 3am.

Not since the brutal rivalry of the men they called the Four Kings - Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran - has there been such excitement around a middleweight contest.

Golovkin is the dreadnought of the middleweights, a paralysing puncher with 33 knockouts in 37 straight wins; the most savage puncher in the division’s history.

Alvarez has already packed in 51 fights, his only defeat coming on points against a peak Floyd Mayweather jnr four years ago. He’s the very epitome of a Mexican fighter: relentless, highly skilled and at his best when drawn into a slugfest.

In a curious twist, Golovkin delights in embracing so-called “Mexican style” as he both mimics and appreciates the virtues of the country’s famous boxing legacy.

The sold-out signs went up on the fight many weeks ago, with more spectators expected at the T-Mobile Arena than attended the Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout at the weekend.

“It is right there with Mayweather and possibly bigger,” said Alvarez. “That fight taught me a lot. But this fight will bring out the best in me. Golovkin is the most dangerous fighter at this moment. We want to show him that on this side, there is a lot more to give, too.”

Golovkin, who never bothered to watch the Mayweather-McGregor encounter, said that this was a fight boxing can be proud of.

“It is boxing's biggest fight. It is a fight for history. It is a real Mexican fight. Everyone will remember this fight. Canelo is No 1 in Mexico. He is very special.”


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