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Canelo vs. Golovkin III: Preview, TV Time, Card, and Predictions for Epic-Trilogy

Two rivals will finally put an end to a long-awaited trilogy. Here's what you need to know.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will meet in the ring for the third time this Saturday, to put an end to one of the most anticipated trilogys in recent years. While the first duel ended in a Split Draw, the Mexican superstar took the victory in the second installment, held in 2018.

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will witness a battle where the super middleweight titles will be at stake, but the real prize is the legacy of closing out the rivalry with a victory.

The event will also feature an additional world championship bout: Jesse Rodriguez will face Israel Gonzalez for the WBC super flyweight championship.


Date, Fight Time & Where To Watch

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17

Where to watch (US): DAZN PPV (Price: $59.99)

Main Card: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

Main event walk-ins (approximate): 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT

The main card is SET to get underway at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT with main event ringwalks scheduled for 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. These timings could change depending on previous fights.


How do they match?

Although it's a little late to finally see this fight, better late than never. Although Golovkin is now in his 40s, he is still a physically gifted athlete who can compete at the highest level. Can he do it against a prime Canelo?

The first two fights were controversial, especially the first one, but Golovkin has a new opportunity to win against Canelo, who must categorically prove that he is the better of the two.

Canelo stated that he will look for the KO and he has no choice. This version of the Mexican is superior to those of 2017 and 2018, while GGG is four years older. The Mexican has to make a statement this Saturday.

We have two possible scenarios for the fight. The first is the one we don't want, a bout that will only serve for the two of them to do business and profit from an event that will surely sell out. In that case, we will see them try to win, but without getting their hands dirty and with little action.

The scenario we all want is one where two of the best boxers in recent years go to war, and there may be elements that drive that type of fight. Golovkin understands he was robbed in the previous two decisions and has it in his power to prove it, while Canelo is required to dominate his opponent.

Golovkin can only win if he presses the action and makes Canelo uncomfortable from the start, as Dmitry Bivol did to beat him months ago. The Mexican is not comfortable backing down, and even less so if he is down on the scorecards. He's going to have to fight blow for blow. Body shots are an adjustment that GGG must employ in this third fight.

Meanwhile, Canelo should not change his style too much, closing the distance and counterattacking. The Mexican is in the prime of his youth and physically in his best shape at the age of 32. If this fight had taken place earlier, GGG would have had a better chance, but given the timing, the Mexican is a heavy favorite to repeat with a win.

Prediction: Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez wins by Unanimous Decision.


Fight Card

· 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