Boxing: Golovkin v Canelo part II edges closer


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A rematch between middleweight star Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is close to being agreed.

The pair met in September in a showdown that ended in a controversial draw, with most observers feeling Golovkin had done more than enough to earn a victory on points.

Golovkin is keen to take on Mexican Canelo in a rematch, and now the latter’s promoters Golden Boy say the deal is almost done.

“(Everything) is going very well, we’re fine, we’re talking, there’s one detail that has to be fixed and fine-tuned and in the next few weeks we’re going to sit down with Canelo to present everything to him and he’s going to make the decision,” Golden Boy president Eric Gomez told ESPN Deportes.

It is thought the rematch will take place on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo on May 5 2018, potentially in Las Vegas again.

Golovkin now boasts a record of 37 wins (33 KOs) and one draw, while Canelo has 49 wins, two draws and one defeat – at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013.

Meanwhile, British duo Liam Smith and Liam Williams meet this weekend in a rematch after Williams was forced to retire in the ninth round of their first meeting in April due to an eye injury.

Smith is 2.10 to claim the win and Williams can be backed at 1.73.

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