Hall of Famer and Showtime Sports broadcast analyst Steve Farhood is going with the upset on September 16th, when Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) challenges IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Golovkin is the favorite to win, but not as big of a favorite as he was a year or two ago when the two of them were in line to face each other.
For Golovkin this will be his third headline bout on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Farhood believes Canelo will be the bigger fighter on the night of the fight.
Canelo is taking part in his first contest at the full middleweight limit of 160-pounds. The Mexican superstar has only fought once beyond the catch-weight limit of 155-pounds - which took place this past May when he climbed up to 164.5-pounds to defeat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Farhood, like most fans, felt Golovkin had some struggles in his last two fights - against Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs.
He had some issues with Brook, who was moving up two divisions from welterweight, but eventually figured him out and stopped him in the fifth after Brook bowed out with a fractured orbital bone. And against Jacobs, Golovkin was forced to go the full twelve round distance in a competitive fight. Going into that contest, Golovkin had stopped his previous 23 opponents.
"I think the fight is coming along in a really good time for Canelo. Golovkin has shown a little bit more vulnerability lately in the Brook and the Danny Jacobs fight. Canelo took his time moving up to 160, it won’t surprise me if he’s the bigger fighter in the ring at the time of the fight, because he does blow up after the weigh in. I like his chances, I’m picking him to win in a minor upset," Farhood told On The Ropes Boxing Radio. "You know the odds are not very wide for Golovkin, not as big as they would have been a couple of years ago, so maybe the fight is just coming at the right time for Canelo, but I give him a real good chance to outbox Golovkin. Obviously, if he can’t take the big punch, well then he’s going to get knocked out because he’s going to give Golovkin chances, but if he can box him and limit the danger, and limit the number of big punches he takes, I could see him like squeezing out a twelve round decision."
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