Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin are held back after facing off during their official weigh-in. Instead, Alvarez, in an uncharacteristic move, charged at Golovkin and pressed his forehead against GGG's.
Golovkin appeared to have done enough to edge Canelo out during a thrilling 12-round contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, only to be denied by the judges' scorecards in a now-infamous decision. Estimated value of the signed glove is $200 U.S. This contest is open to residents of U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) 18 years and over. He and Alvarez have shared a room only once since the fight was announced - at Wednesday's final prefight press conference - and Alvarez is so upset about Golovkin's comments that he refused to do a traditional faceoff with Triple G for photographers.
The rematch initially scheduled for May 5 earlier this year.
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A year ago, this was the biggest fight in the world. You wouldn't have known his boxing legacy is on the line Saturday night when he faces Gennady "Triple-G" Golovkin in a rematch for the middleweight championship.
Golovkin said when Alvarez and his team approached him, "All I could feel was fear from them, and I think they did it so I couldn't look into his eyes and he couldn't look into mine".
"I'm going to go in there to knock him out", Alvarez said.
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Former middleweight world titlist David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs), 29, of Montreal, was on the division limit of 160 pounds, and Ireland's Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, 34, was 159.2 pounds for their title elimination fight. He will make his second title defense against Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KOs), 32, of Toronto, who weighed 153.2 pounds. "In order to win a fight you have to want to win a fight". The fight, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena ( strong HBO PPV, 8 p.m. ET /strong ), is a rematch of their controversial split draw last September in an action-packed bout which produced 1.3 million PPV buys.
Judge Byrd was subsequently withdrawn from ringside duties for a short time by the Nevada State Athletic Commission before being asked to explain her scoring of the fight in a later inquest.
Many Mexicans are less fervent about Canelo since his failed drugs tests but will support him, especially on Mexico Independence Day Life is less complicated for the Golovkin followers and they cheered him to the rafters. Golovkin is 38-0-1 with 33 knockouts.
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