This Saturday, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will put an end to a long-awaited trilogy when they clash in the ring once again at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Kazakhstan's "GGG" will be looking to avenge his last loss to the Mexican superstar, while "Canelo" is determined to prove, one last time, that he is the better of the two. No discussion.
While the showdown between two of the best boxers of recent years will be the main event, the card will also offer other important battles, with championship belts at stake.
Jesse Rodriguez vs. Israel Gonzalez (For the WBC super flyweight title)
At just 22 years old, Jesse Rodriguez is one of the most promising fighters in the world. The WBC super flyweight champion remains undefeated as a professional with an impressive 16-0 record (11 KOs) and will be looking to continue his rise as one of the top stars of the future.
"Having the chance to fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend, as the co-main to Canelo-GGG is truly special and I plan on putting on another spectacular performance and continuing to build my legacy," Rodríguez said.
Although his opponent, Israel Gonzalez, is also young (25 years old), he has more professional experience, with 30 total fights and a record of 25-4 (11 KOs). This will be his fourth attempt to become world champion after losses to Jerwin Ancajas (IBF super flyweight title), Kal Yafai (WBA super flyweight title) and Roman Gonzalez (WBA super flyweight title).
We will probably see Gonzalez steal a few rounds on the cards, however, "Bam" Rodriguez will be too much for him. He is currently the youngest world champion in the world, and has shown extraordinary boxing skills and is getting better and better.
As soon as the bell rings, Rodriguez will go on the hunt to get in close and provoke the exchange of punches. Gonzalez needs to keep his opponent away with the jab, taking advantage of his superior reach.
Prediction: Jesse Rodríguez wins by (T)KO.
Ali Akhmedov vs. Gabriel Rosado (For the IBF North American super middleweight title)
Akhmedov is a promising prospect out of Kazakhstan, with an impressive 18-1 record (14 KOs). It's no secret that his power is his main argument for winning fights, and his 77.7% knockout ratio certifies his ability to finish bouts.
Rosado is not doing well at the moment, currently on a two-fight losing streak and has only two wins in his last seven fights. The Philadelphia native will have to put on a perfect fight if he wants to hope for a win.
Although Akhmedov has the advantage in height by 1.5 inches, standing at 6'1'' inches, he gives up 3.5 inches of reach to Rosado, who is not a good defensive boxer. If the fight is a "give and take" fight, the Kazakh has every chance of winning, thanks to his strength and youth.
Prediction: Ali Akhmedov wins by (T)KO.
· Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin III for the undisputed super middleweight title
· Jesse Rodriguez vs. Israel Gonzalez for the WBC super flyweight title
· Ali Akhmedov vs. Gabriel Rosado; Super middleweight
· Austin Williams vs. Kieron Conway; Middleweight
· Diego Pacheco vs. Enrique Collazo; Super middleweight
· Marc Castro vs. Kevin Mendoza; Lightweight
· Aaron Apone vs. Fernando Molina; Super lightweight
· Anthony Herrera vs. Delvin McKinley; Super flyweight