Consider this the genuine battle.
Disregard that "occasion" three weeks prior that is making such a sprinkle. The middleweight session in Las Vegas on September 16 between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is about boxing.
A standoff, not Showtime.
'Conor is not a boxer, he's a UFC warrior,' Golovkin said on Tuesday. 'That is a major business appear, it's a big time. It's not boxing and individuals comprehend in the event that they need a genuine boxing appear, a work of art, it is September 16.'
That would be the point at which the undefeated Triple G (37-0, 33 knockouts) puts his middleweight belts on hold against Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs, the misfortune to Mayweather in 2013).
'The reality it's three weeks before the significant boxing occasion of September 16 and an exemplary battle between two extraordinary champions doesn't influence it a bit,' includes promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
'On the off chance that individuals need to see a genuine battle, at that point tune in on September 16.'
Golovkin-Alvarez has been quite a while really taking shape. There were claims the warriors (and their promoters) were ducking each other, or that top cash wasn't there. However, after Golovkin outpointed Danny Jacobs – his initially battle going 12 rounds – and Alvarez pulverised Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. not long ago, the session was made.
At 35, Triple G is almost nine years more seasoned than Alvarez. He doesn't see that as huge.
'I feel like 25,' Golovkin said. 'I accept on September 16, I will have my pinnacle. It will be astounding for boxing.'
Alvarez, who wasn't exactly prepared for a strategic race like Mayweather in their 2013 battle, trusts he's developed at this point. Obviously, Mayweather never has punched like Triple G does.
'I was exceptionally youthful against Mayweather. I didn't have the experience that I have now, the insight I can show when I'm in the ring, the aggregate warrior I've moved toward becoming,' he said. 'It's all altogether different.
'I was 22, 23 in that battle. I was somewhat youthful with my boxing to confront somebody like Mayweather, however, we battled and that was the result.
'In any case, I took in a great deal of stuff. Things about being in the ring and outside the ring. Everything aroused me more. I generally long for to be the best and I'm the best right at this point.'
That will be demonstrated – or disproven – three months from now. What is unchallenged is that Alvarez has a solid following in Las Vegas, where Golovkin has never battled.
He likewise looked far superior in his latest win than did Golovkin, however, the distinction in nature of adversary was tremendous.
On the other hand, GGG may have profited from going all the way with Jacobs, another hard puncher.
'I required that battle with Danny. He conveyed me to the twelfth round,' Golovkin stated, a grin wrinkling his face. 'I required the experience of the choice. I required the choice part to indicate it is the second step (other than winning by knockout).'
Alvarez doesn't expect any choices in this battle. As De La Hoya notes, more than 75 percent of their battles have finished in KOs. Nor is occupied with having the judges choose a champ.
'We'll have a knockout no doubt because of the overwhelming punch of both, the style of both,' Alvarez said. 'Also, clearly, it is that they will raise my arm toward the finish of the battle.'
Or, on the other hand, Triple G's.
In any case, both the Mexican Alvarez and the Kazakh Golovkin consider themselves to be legends, inside the ring and out. This quarrel is over more than owning a few belts.