Five years ago the pair first met in the ring in a unified middleweight bout, with the bout drawing in highly controversial circumstances. Many thought Golovkin did enough to earn the decision, with one judge mocked for scoring it 118-110 in Canelo’s favor.
Almost exactly 12 months later the rematch took place and Canelo got a majority decision to take his rival’s WBA, WBC, and IBO belts. This is again not a truly certain outcome though.
Canelo has since become undisputed at super middleweight after stopping Caleb Plant last year, with Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith among the defeats along the way.
The only thing that seemed to stop Canelo was size, although he won the WBO light heavyweight title with a victory over Sergey Kovalev.
However, returning to the divison proved too much of a challenge, as he was defeated last year by Dmitry Bivol. It was only the second loss of his career, nine years after he lost on points to Floyd Mayweather.
Golovkin has had a slightly more uneventful time of things since his last fight with Canelo, fighting for half an hour longer than the Mexican despite picking up middleweight world titles along the way.
He now has his shot at the undisputed super-middleweight crown, even if he goes into the fight as the underdog.
Canelo vs Golovkin date, start time, venue and ring walks
Canelo vs Golovkin will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main card is scheduled to start at around 1am BST, with ring walks for the main event at around 4am. As always, this is subject to change depending on the fights on the undercard.
Canelo vs Golovkin fight card/undercard in full
Before the focus turns to the undisputed fight between Canelo and Golovkin, there’s plenty to look forward to on the undercard.
Jesse Rodriguez, who became world champion at the age of 22 earlier this year, defends his WBC super-flyweight belt and his unbeaten record against Israel Gonzalez, earning his fourth shot at a world title .
Gonzalez has fallen on all three occasions, including against Britain’s Kal Yafai in Monaco in 2018, but two wins earlier this year have brought him back into contention.
American Ammo Williams, the unbeaten middleweight with nine of his 11 wins coming by way of knockout, takes on Kieron Conway this evening. The Brit has been out of the ring for almost a year, since his points victory over JJ Metcalf.
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin
Jesse Rodriguez vs Israel Gonzalez
Ali Akhmedov vs. Gabriel Rosado
Ammo Williams vs Kieron Conway
Diego Pacheco vs Enrique Collazo
Marc Castro against Kevin Mendoza
Aaron Apone vs Fernando Molina
Anthony Herrera vs. Delvin McKinley
How to watch Canelo vs Golovkin
TV channels and live streams: In the UK, Saturday’s event is broadcast live on DAZN pay per view.
Existing DAZN subscribers will have to pay £9.99 to watch, while it’s £17.98 for new customers. A DAZN subscription currently costs £7.99 per month in the UK.
Live blog: Follow all the fight night action with Standard Sport’s dedicated LIVE blog of the entire card.
Canelo vs Golovkin fight prediction
After two tight, controversial fights between two of the biggest names in the sport, a decisive result on Saturday night to settle this rivalry once and for all would be the perfect outcome.
Despite some questionable scoring, almost nothing could separate them on either occasion, though four years on from that second fight Canelo definitely had the edge.
Golovkin is now 40 and has to answer the question of how much he has left in the tank. Against Murata earlier this year he made a slow start and looked lethargic at times – a similar display in the early rounds against Canelo would not go unpunished.
Canelo’s loss to Bivol last time out will give Golovkin a boost and certainly went some way to dispelling the Mexican’s aura of invincibility in the eyes of many.
However, it would be ridiculous to start doubting Canelo after a loss to one of the best light heavyweights in the world. He missed the Russian, but back at super middleweight there is every reason to expect Canelo’s best form to return with top-level motivation against his biggest rival.
It promises to be a thrilling fight, with neither fighter likely to take a step back. At this stage of their careers, Canelo looks set to have the upper hand, even if the Mexican won’t be the first fighter to knock down or knock Golovkin out.
Canelo to win on points.
Canelo vs Golovkin weigh-in results
The weigh-ins for Saturday night’s card will take place on Friday afternoon – check back then for the latest news!
Canelo vs Golovkin betting odds
Canelo to win: 1/6
Golovkin to win: 7/2
Canelo to win by decision/technical decision: Evens
Canelo to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 13/8
Golovkin to win by decision/technical decision: 13/2
Golovkin to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 15/2
Winnings by Betfair (subject to change).