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GGG Favored in Potential Alvarez Rematch

GGG Favored in Potential Alvarez Rematch - Bovada Sportsbook

As the boxing world continues to wrestle with the controversial end to his recent championship matchup with Saul Alvarez, reigning four-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has emerged as an early -165 favorite to claim victory in a potential rematch.

GGG saw his previously unblemished record spoiled in his clash with Canelo earlier this month. Golovkin was forced to settle for a draw as heavy -185 chalk in a September 16 matchup with Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena, dropping his pro record to 37-0-1.

Controversy ensued following the fight, with the lone judge giving the nod to Canelo enduring considerable criticism for the way he scored the fight. The controversy has persisted as boxing fans wait for Canelo to exercise his contractual right to book a rematch.

Golovkin has now gone the distance in two straight ring appearances, raising concerns about his ongoing ability to finish opponents early. The 35-year-old claimed 23 straight wins inside the distance, including 16 victories inside five rounds, but needed 12 full rounds against American Daniel Jacobs earlier this year before claiming a unanimous decision as a -480 favorite.

 

Canelo Set as Underdog for the Rematch

Going the distance with Golovkin has earned Canelo considerable respect, but the reigning The Ring middleweight champion opened as a +135 underdog for a rematch with GGG.

Canelo was pegged as a +150 underdog in his first tilt with Golovkin and was also a +450 bet to be knocked out within the first four rounds. But the young Mexican lived up to his reputation as a fighter who gets stronger as a fight progresses, which he earned by going 12 rounds in eight of his previous 16 fights.

Alvarez went 7-1-0 in those eight fights, with his sole defeat coming in a razor-thin majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a +235 underdog in 2013.

While a rematch is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, it is unlikely to take place until next year, with reports indicating that Canelo favors a May 2018 reunion. An eight-month break between fights would mark the longest time that Golovkin has been away from the ring since the nine-month break he took prior to his first-round victory over Milton Nunez to win the WBA interim middleweight title in 2010.

 

* Odds as of September 25, 2017

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