Golovkin and Alvarez face off
By Marc Livitz reporting from Las Vegas: In a break from tradition, the doors at the MGM Grand Garden Arena opened at 10am on Friday morning instead of the usual afternoon time for boxing fans to grab an ideal seat for a championship weigh-in. Often times, some are unable to secure tickets for the actual contest, so the chance to see their favorite fighters step unto the scales, stare the other man down and whip the crowd into a frenzy has become a custom all its own. As expected, the majority of the crowd were pro-Canelo Alvarez as well as pro-Mexico, however a great amount of respect and cheering went to Gennady Golovkin. The scene was absolutely electric and some fans had lined up outside of the arena doors as early as 6am.
Once the clocks in Vegas hit high noon, the participants for Saturday’s "Supremacy" fight card took to the scales. The bout will be televised in the United States beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Weights for Pay TV Bouts Listed Below
Main Event - 12 rounds - WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight Championships
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion
Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX. (48-1-1, 34 KO’s)
Gennady "GGG" Golovkin
WBC/WBA/IBF and IBO Champion
Karaganda, Kazakhstan (37-0, 33 KO’s)
Co-Main Event - 12 rounds - WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator
Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KO’s) vs. Rafael "Bang Bang" Rivera (25-0-2, 16 KO’s)
South El Monte, California Tijuana, B.C., MX.
126lbs. 127lbs. - 1 hr to lose extra pound
NABF Super Bantamweight Championship - 10 rounds
Randy "El Matador" Caballero (24-0, 14 KO’s) vs. Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KO’s)
NABF Super Bantamweight Champion. Mexicali, MX.
Coachella, California 122 lbs.
Super Lightweights - PPV Telecast Opening Bout
Ryan Martin vs. Francisco Rojo
Chattanooga, TN. Mexico City, D.F., MX.
(19-0, 11 KO’s) (19-2, 12 KO’s)
135 lbs. 135 lbs.