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Canelo the Underdog Against Golovkin

Canelo the Underdog Against Golovkin - Bovada Sportsbook

Saul Alvarez will be aiming for a seventh straight victory in the ring on Saturday when he takes on Gennady Golovkin in a battle for the unified world middleweight crown as a +120 underdog on the boxing odds.

Canelo earned a unanimous decision win over former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a catchweight contest in early May, paying out on heavy -425 odds, and has now gone the distance in six of his past 11 bouts ahead of Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas.

Title fights are nothing new for Canelo, who successfully defended the WBC light middleweight crown on six occasions before losing the title in a majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a +235 underdog in a 2013 clash.

The loss to Mayweather marks Canelo’s only defeat on his sparkling 49-1-1 professional boxing record. The 27-year-old wasted no time returning to the championship ranks, claiming The Ring and WBC middleweight belts with a unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto as a massive +1000 underdog in November 2015.

Canelo successfully defended those titles with a sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan as -650 chalk seven months later, but would later vacate the WBC middleweight championship, which was immediately awarded to Golovkin and will be on the line on Saturday night.

 

Golovkin Belts on the Line on Saturday

Golovkin will also be putting his WBA, IBF, and IBO middleweight belts on the line when he faces off against Canelo as a -160 favorite on the professional boxing odds. GGG has emerged as a dominant force in boxing while going undefeated in 37 professional fights, including 33 victories inside the distance.

The 35-year-old veteran’s punching power has made him a strong +160 favorite to claim victory by KO, TKO, or disqualification on Saturday night. But GGG needed a full 12 rounds to earn the win in his most recent fight, netting a unanimous decision over American Daniel Jacobs as a -480 favorite in his 18th successful defense of at least one middleweight championship belt.

Golovkin’s relative inexperience in fights going the distance has given Canelo a lift on the props. The odds of Canelo getting knocked down sit at a short -120, and Golovkin is a solid +450 bet to end Canelo’s night inside four rounds. However, Canelo emerges as a clear favorite to claim victory if the fight is decided by the judges, sporting +400 odds to win by unanimous decision, and is a +700 bet to pick up a split decision win.

 

*Odds as of September 15, 2017

 

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