After getting robbed out of what looked like a sure-fire victory the last time he took to the ring, unbeaten middleweight champion and boxing betting favorite Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin will look to beat Canelo Alvarez even more emphatically than the last time they met.
However, before they take to the ring, there’s another controversy taking place before this rematch gets underway. You see, Alvarez tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in random urine tests conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, on February 17 and February 20.
Now, Golovkin says Alvarez is just full of it and he’s not buying his excuse that he ate contaminated beef from Mexico, where farmers include the substance in cattle feed because it helps reduce fat and increase lean muscle mass. Let’s check the latest boxing odds and some other details for this fight, an opportunity for you to cash in big.
Expert Boxing Betting Preview & Pick: Golovkin vs. Alvarez II
The last time the pair met in September, the outcome of the fight was marred by one judge’s peculiar decision. While judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin and judge Don Trella had it as a 114-114 Draw, judge Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Alvarez, which in turn, got her temporarily benched from being a judge.
Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, stated that he wouldn’t be putting Byrd “right back in.”
“She’ll still be in the business but she needs to catch her breath,” Bennett said.
Even Oscar De La Hoya, the primary promoter of Alvarez, said that he didn’t understand the 118-110 card. The scorecard also had serious implications in Las Vegas, where bettors felt cheated out of their large Golovkin bets. One bet as large as $500,000 was made on Golovkin, the favorite, and that had to be refunded. Those who were betting on the outcome that included the potential for a draw potentially did not get refunds while Caesars in Las Vegas reported taking a six-figure loss on the draw
Almost universally, boxing fans and observers everywhere felt that Golovkin clearly won the bout. Álvarez spent a lot of time on the ropes taking a lot of punches while ineffectively trying to counter-punch. There was a stretch in the middle of the fight where Golovkin completely dominated while winning six of seven rounds in a row. Now, the pair is set to meet again.
Why should Golovkin be your Boxign Betting Pick?
35-year-old Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 knockouts) is a native of Kazakhstan. Once again, he’s putting his WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight belts on the line on the HBO card. The aptly-named ‘Triple G’ is the favorite at -165 as he should be after making 18 consecutive title defenses before his controversial draw against Alvarez. The 5-foot-10-inch Golovkin has a 70-inch reach and has won an insane 33 of his 38 career fights via knockout, including eight of nine prior to his initial meeting against Alvarez.
Golovkin doesn’t believe in Canelo’s meat explanation for testing positive, which gives him another reason to crush the Mexican. “Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin said. “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo and his team. This is his promotion. Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.
Why should Canelo be your Boxing Betting Pick?
27-year-old Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) hails from Mexico and will once again, attempt to pull off the upset as a slight underdog of +145. Alvarez stands 5-9 and has a 70.5-inch reach. He won, The Ring, lineal and WBC middleweight titles from Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision back in Nov. 2015.
On May 18, 2016, Alvarez vacated the WBC title he defended when he beat Amir Khan earlier in the month. The WBC immediately awarded the title to Golovkin. This bout will mark the second time that Canelo has fought at 160 pounds. Alvarez beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via unanimous decision on May 6 in his last bout prior to meeting triple G last September and has won seven consecutive bouts since suffering his only career loss against Floyd Mayweather by decision in 2013. Over his last four fights, Alvarez has won two by KO and two via unanimous decision.