Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez has given his verdict on who he thinks will win between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin on September 17.
Julio César Chávez knows a thing or two about carrying the weight of a nation on his shoulders.
The legendary boxer was not only revered by his fellow Mexicans but was recognised universally as one of the best fighters in the world during his career.
After 115 fights over 25 years Chávez won titles over three weight classes and faced the likes of Meldrick Taylor, Hector Camacho, Pernell Whittaker, Rocky Lockridge, Oscar De La Hoya and many more.
Often involved in marquee fights the 59-year-old is still a keen follower of the sport and will be glued to the action in September when his compatriot Canelo Alvarez attempts to end his rivalry with Gennadiy Golovkin in their third fight.
During a visit to Zacatecas to take in the Jorge Arc vs Erik Morales exhibition fight Chávez was asked by En Juego Deportes for his prediction on September’s Undisputed Super Middleweight Title fight:
“The third fight with Golovkin I think comes too late [for him], but I still think Golovkin is going to put up a fight.”
Much like another Mexican boxing icon Juan Manuel Marquez, Chávez is predicting a KO for Canelo:
“I think Canelo right now is at his weight, Golovkin has to move up in weight, so I think Canelo is going to knock out Golovkin.”
If his prediction is right, it would set the rivalry at two wins for Canelo, a draw and no victory for Golovkin.
Golovkin, now 40, defeated Ryota Murata to become unified middleweight champion in April while his 31-year-old nemesis Canelo suffered the second loss of his career when challenging Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title last month.