GENNADY GOLOVKIN against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez should be remembered for being a classic clash rather than a car crash on the score cards this time.
People may have forgotten how good their first fight was last year in Las Vegas.
The 36 minutes of action in the ring was breathtaking stuff that thrilled the sold-out crowd in Sin City and the millions who tuned in on pay-per-view.
But then judge Adalaide Byrd decided to make sure there was only one talking point after the bout with her shocking 118-110 card in favour of Alvarez.
That meant it was a dodgy draw but the judges won’t mess up this time with all eyes on them to deliver a fair result.
“I’m picking Golovkin to win”
The only chat afterwards will be about how good the fight was with this sequel set to better the original.
Golovkin will know that the judges will be under pressure to be fair as he heads into the latest defence of his WBA and WBC middleweight crowns at the T-Mobile Arena.
I believe that will give him more confidence to get the win this time, too.
The Kazakh is angry with Alvarez for failing two drug tests back in February that forced this rerun to be pushed back from May.
But at least he knows this time he is facing a clean fighter.
Alvarez claims it was dodgy meat that caused him to give positive samples but if he was juicing then there will be doubt in his mind about his abilities going into this fight.
What the Mexican did wrong last time was being on the back foot too often.
Can Alvarez change his style? Golovkin is what he is – he is going to be in your face and all over you.
The Mexican star packs a punch but if he stands and trades with him that will be Golovkin’s fight to lose.
Can the challenger outbox the champion? I don’t think he can, so that is why I’m picking Golovkin to win.
But there are plenty of knowledgeable people in boxing picking Alvarez to come out on top and that is what makes this such a good fight.
The best bouts are the ones that split opinion down the middle and this is one not to be missed.
Watch Canelo v Golovkin II live and exclusive on BT Sport Box Office from 11.30pm on Saturday.