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Early on Sunday morning, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will rematch one another in the biggest boxing match of 2018.

The first bout resulted in a contentious draw a year ago and a scheduled rematch in May was postponed, with Canelo hit with a six-month ban for a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Mexico's Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) meanwhile came in at 159.4 pounds, well within the 160lb limit.

For the most part, the animosity between the two men has had a ring of authenticity about it. "I defeated the weigh-in, and now it's time to defeat him [Saturday] night".

"Those are the excuses that they are making because of what is coming on Saturday, which is a loss for them". The unified middleweight champion's team has also gone as far to say that Alvarez "ran" a lot in the first outing and didn't fight "Mexican Style".

"Maybe they said it to get me mad, and you know what, they did it". But the fighters declined to hold a joint news conference when the new deal was finished, and they declined to go on a media tour or stand face to face at the final prefight news conference Wednesday. Instead, Alvarez, in an uncharacteristic move, charged at Golovkin and pressed his forehead against GGG's. At the same time it produced some hard feelings between the two fighters over Alvarez's contention that it was caused by eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico.

Yet while Alvarez was able to frustrate Golovkin, he did little in the way of meaningful damage.

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This time around, Golovkin plans to leave nothing to chance, promising to take the decision out of the judge's hands by winning inside the distance.

The South Point sportsbook in Las Vegas said it was seeing good action on both fighters and bumped up its price on Golovkin to -150.

Sanchez has rarely wasted an opportunity to goad Alvarez's camp during the build-up, effectively daring the Mexican to adopt a more aggressive approach.

Some thought Alvarez shied away from a physical brawl with Golovkin that betrayed the warrior reputation that Mexican fighters and fans embrace. "So, I'm going to use this in my favor to train harder to give that extra push, and I'm going to use that anger intelligently in my favor". "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet". Now, the two rivals will once again fight to determine who is the best middleweight in boxing today.

"I think this fight could be it".

"I know it's going to be a tough fight", Alvarez said.

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