LAS VEGAS – Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez had to be separated at the weigh-in for Saturday’s rematch in Las Vegas, with the world middleweight champion labelling his Mexican opponent a “clown” and promising “a real war”.
Golovkin tipped the scales at 159.6 pounds (72.39kg) and Alvarez came in at 159.4 (72.30kg) at Friday’s weigh-in, where the Mexican put his forehead against Golovkin’s as they squared up to each other, prompting a brief shoving match on the T-Mobile Arena stage.
Their first fight last September ended in a controversial draw when each fighter got the nod from one judge, while the third declared it a tie, allowing Golovkin to retain his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts.
Golovkin is a slight favourite heading into Saturday’s rematch.
“He is like a clown, he is a showman. He is not a true guy,” said the 36-year-old Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’.