Published 11:44 PM EDT Sep 15, 2018
It all comes down to this.
After a controversial split draw last year, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2) and Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1) are back in the ring on the strip in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena to settle the score.
The rematch was supposed to take place over Cinco de Mayo weekend, but when Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance two months prior, it was moved to a day before the one-year anniversary of the first bout.
Since then, tensions have risen and tempers have flared — the two fighters had to be separated in their face-to-face appearance at Friday's weigh-in — setting up a fight to be remembered.
Follow along with our round-by-round analysis once they touch gloves:
ROUND 1: GGG firing jabs. Alvarez counters. Fires left hook. More jabs from GGG. Fighters standing toe to toe in center of ring. But action is tame. GGG firing more jabs. Alvarez unleashes punches. Only a few land. Round GGG, 10-9.
ROUND 2: All jabs from both fighters. Still in center of ring. Big left uppercut lands for Alvarez. Alvarez follows with a jab. And a combination from Alvarez. More from Alvarez. Strong body shot. Alvarez looking good. Alvarez stalking. GGG appears to have suffered a cut over the eye. But GGG firing back. Solid jab. Big upper cut to body for Alvarez. GGG back with two left hooks Shaping up to be a great fight. Round Alvarez, 19-19.
ROUND 3: Alvarez landing a variety of shots. GGG not hurt, but he’s not looking like his dominant self. Upper cuts, body shots coming from Alvarez. Rights from Alvarez. GGG back with jabs. Effective. Alvarez unleashing powerful punches. Some landing. GGG looking more comfortable now. Well, for a few seconds anyway. Alvarez still in control of pace. Round to Alvarez, 29-28.
ROUND 4: Fighters trading blows at center of ring. GGG now on move. Heavy uppercut for GGG. Avarez responds. Action picking up. A flurry of shots from both fighters. GGG connecting. But Alvarez is the on moving forward, stalking slightly. Big upper cut from GGG. Action intensifies again. Body shot from Alvarez. Back to the center of the ring. Round GGG, 38-38.
ROUND 5: GGG lands solid jab. Back in center of ring. Fighters' left fists fly. GGG connecting lots jabs. But Alvarez appears to be in control of the pace. Alvarez stalking. GGG hanging in with the jabs. Alvarez fires back with his own jabs. Jab fest here. Body shot from Alvarez. He’s landed many of them. Alvarez swinging for fences. Hasn’t landed the big shot yet. Round Alvarez, 48-47.
ROUND 6: Alvarez still stalking. Even when GGG lands punches. GGG sticking with jab. Alvarez lands a heavy shot and good hook to body. Alvarez has landed lots of body shots. GGG must be feeling it. GGG sticking with the jabs, and they’re landing. But now Alvarez stalking again. Firing and landing. Back comes GGG. Fighters at center of ring and firing away. Nothing big lands. Round GGG (barely), 57-57.
ROUND 7: Feels like it’s about to turn into a war. GGG less inclined to back up. But Alvarez firing hard left uppercuts. At least one gets through to body. GGG fires with that jab. No stalking. Center of the ring. Alvarez lands a nice shot to GGG’s head. But GGG not dazed. In fact, he answers with a flurry. Round to Alvarez, 67-66.