- Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez takes on Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas on Saturday night
- The middleweight clash is one of the most eagerly-awaited fights in recent years
- ‘GGG’ believes the power each of them pack could spell danger for the loser
- Golovkin is renowned as the hardest pound for pound puncher in the world
Gennady Golovkin has spelled out in graphic terms the elevated levels of danger facing himself and Canelo Alvarez in their war this Saturday night.
‘One punch from either of us could change the life of the other forever,’ said the holder of most of the world middleweight titles as he and his challenger made their grand arrivals on the Las Vegas Strip to the roars of hundreds of fans.
‘We know the risks to both of us in a fight of this magnitude and power. Neither of us know for sure where we will be going when its all over. Home or hospital.’
Gennady Golovkin has spelled out in graphic terms the dangers he and Canelo Alvarez face
Triple G, holder of most of the world middleweight titles, spoke as both fighters arrive in Vegas
Triple G is renowned as the hardest pound for pound puncher in the world and has knocked out 33 of his 37 victims.
He says: ‘I have my power, But I know he has his power, too. We know how dangerous this is going to be for us.’
Canelo did not flinch from the threat to life and well-being, either. The Mexican idol said: ‘I expect this is to be vicious and brutal. There will be a lot of punishment for both of us in this fight. I have prepared for such a fight as never before. I am mentally ready for this.’
Triple G is renowned for being the hardest pound for pound puncher in the world
But Canelo did not flinch from the threat to life, reiterating he expects the bout to be ‘brutal’
Golovkin said this is a ‘real fight’, aiming a jibe at the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout
Golovkin, the 37-year-old baby-faced Kazakh, drew on the reality to make a comparison with Floyd Mayweather’s contrived cross-over fight against UFC start Conor McGregor in the same T-Mobile Arena just three weeks ago.
He said: ‘This one is not an entertainment, a fake, a show. This is not only for the money. This is a real fight between two of the best boxers in the world.
‘This is an important fight for boxing.’
Canelo added: ‘This is a very important fight for the sport I love but also the most important fight of our lives. It is a fight of high risks to both of us but one which should be beautiful for the fans to watch.’
The T-Mobile Arena’s 20 seats were sold out within hours of the announcement of arguably the biggest fight which could be made in boxing in the immediate post-Mayweather era.
Alvarez v Golovkin will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport and BoxNation Box Office this Saturday night.