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Canelo Alvarez's boxing legacy has reached its defining moment

Canelo Alvarez's boxing legacy has reached its defining moment

"If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out", Golovkin said.

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

But in March, Canelo sent shockwaves through the sporting world by confirming he had tested positive for clenbuterol - a banned substance believed to help to strip fat and build lean muscle - in two separate tests administered in February.

Their first fight last September ended in a controversial draw when each fighter got the nod from one judge, while the third declared it a tie, allowing Golovkin to retain his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts. And if he can deliver that great performance and he can this fight the way his legacy and his destiny require him to do, then he's made his statement. The two fighters didn't engage in the traditional faceoff after Wednesday's press conference at the MGM Grand.

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After they both scaled about half a pound under the 160 lb limit they finally came face-to-face following a seven month build up in which Canelo had refused to look at or speak to Triple G. Golovkin, 36, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Santa Monica, California, and seeking to break the all-time middleweight defense record he shares with Bernard Hopkins by retaining his title for the 21st consecutive time, weighed in first and was 159.6 pounds.

"If he intends to knock out Golovkin, he's going to have to fight him", Sanchez said. "But I think at the end of the day, there's nothing else Triple-G can do to further polish his apple if he wins this fight".

Alvarez, an excellent counter puncher and boxer, also has the advantage of having gone 12 rounds with Triple G and understanding how to avoid getting hit with his biggest punches.

The 2004 Olympic silver medallist, (38-0-1, 34 knockouts), has repeatedly accused his Mexican opponent of doping, raising the temperature in Las Vegas this week by voicing his suspicions again. I would advise him to retire - I really would.

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The controversy surrounding the fight has been well publicized after Canelo failed a drugs test earlier this year pushing back the original rematch date.

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

"Tomorrow is a real war".

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