The junior WBC super flyweight champion American Jesse Rodriguez (16-0, 11 KOs) suggests that on September 17 in Las Vegas (USA) the Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) will deal with the age Kazakhstani Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs).
“I feel that Canelo will try to delay him at the very beginning of the fight,” says Rodriguez. – I think we will see a knockout. But closer to the decisive rounds.”
Canelo and Golovkin had already met twice before: in September 2017, the fight ended in a draw, and exactly 12 months later, the Mexican won the minimum. Those fights took place in the same arena, but in a different weight category – middleweight. The third bout will be the debut for both, with Canelo making his first defense of the undisputed super middleweight title and Golovkin making his first fight in the division.
Rodriguez will perform in the co-main event: “I am delighted. Yes, it’s very motivating. I know that there are many fighters in the world who are ready to box for free as an opening act for Canelo and Golovkin. It’s great that I have this opportunity. This is a great chance to prove yourself to those fans who only watch the highest-grossing fights.”
Rodriguez, the undisputed favorite to win the Breakthrough of the Year nomination, agreed to move up two weight classes as a late replacement and beat ex-world champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico in a fight for the vacant WBC belt. In the opening defense, the young man did not notice the resistance of the ex-leader of the division and the ex-fighter from the top 10 P4P rating Srisaketa Sor Rungvisai from Thailand.
As the opening act for Canelo and Golovkin, Rodriguez will take on former Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez. With his boxing style, the champion resembles the former lightweight leader of Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko. For this reason, earlier in the media, Rodriguez was called “American Lomachenko.”
In the meantime, Canelo and Golovkin are spinning the third face-to-face fight: the culprit of the defeat of the Kazakhstani in revenge has been named. And also received an answer to the question “why Golovkin still does not knock out Canelo?”