Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya says Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is going to “fight angry” when he faces off against Gennady Golovkin in their rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Golovkin is 1.61 to claim the win and Canelo can be backed at 2.38.
The pair battled to a draw in the first fight last year,although most observers felt ‘GGG’ deserved to be awarded the victory.
There has been a fall-out between the two middleweight stars since and De La Hoya believes ‘Canelo’ will bring his anger to the ring this weekend.
“For the first time I am hearing Canelo angry,” he told the BBC.
“He has trained angry, he wants to fight angry. He wants to go out there and knock him out.”
Neither fighter looked in any real danger of being stopped in the first meeting despite the fact both connected with big shots at various stages.
But De La Hoya feels there could be a knockout this weekend and says a win for ‘Canelo’ would see him replace ‘GGG’ as the pound-for-pound king.
He said: “I strongly feel both guys need each other to cement their legacy.
“‘Canelo’ has to go out there and get the knockout to cement that legacy and be the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet. It is vice versa for GGG – he has to go out there and win decisively.”
Golovkin is 3.30 to win by KO/TKO/DQ/TD and ‘Canelo’ is 9.00 to do the same.