Gennady Golovkin promises war against 'clown' Canelo Alvarez after weigh-in drama

Gennady Golovkin v Saul'Canelo Alvarez

But the consequences of Canelo's failed drugs test were enormous for Golovkin, too.

With one less world title on the line, talks between Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, and Canelo's handler, Oscar De La Hoya, became increasingly ill-tempered in the months that followed - and the fighters followed suit.

Luckily for Golovkin, he hasn't had to listen.

The Golovkin camp has been relentless in chastising Alvarez for the failed test and postponement of the rematch.

"I won the weigh-in, and tomorrow I'll win the fight", he said.

Eventually, to the delight of fight fans around the world, the two parties came together for a third time on a deal that will see the duo go to war for the WBA and WBC middleweight world titles, nearly a year to the day since their first meeting. "I'm bothered by all the stupid things they've been saying".

The rematch initially scheduled for May 5 earlier this year.

Saturday's second meeting is expected to exceed that number thanks to a wild 12 months which included Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) failing a pair of drug tests which forced the original May 5 date to be postponed.

A last minute agreement resolved the purse split, with Triple G getting closer to the 50-50 he was demanding.

Both fighters comfortably made weight for the 160-pound world title fight.

Now the rematch has to live up to the hype.

A bout that was a thriller first time round.

Sanchez has carried much of the burden for the fight's promotion, as both fighters are more comfortable speaking in their native languages than in English.

A stony-faced Alvarez meanwhile claimed a psychological victory. "But I'm going in there to knock him out". "People aren't going to pay 90 bucks to see somebody run".

Golovkin, (38-0-1, 34 knockouts), is chasing a record-breaking 21st consecutive defence of his middleweight crown when he faces Alvarez again on Saturday, September 15. The panel of ringside judges scored the fight a draw, even though "GGG" looked the more active of the two fighters by a long yard.

Alvarez said he got carried away by the atmosphere at the weigh-in.

"I feel like there's no buzz about this fight at all", Murray said.

But both fighters say they are happy with the judges for the rematch, and doubt they will come into play anyway.

In the hours leading up to the first fight, a late flurry of money on Golovkin drove his odds to -200 before the bell sounded. "It's a real fight, a real war".

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