If you enjoyed last month’s highly publicized exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor, you’ll definitely appreciate what’s about to go down in a couple hours.

Reigning unified middleweight champion of the world Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, AKA “Triple G”, will square up against the reigning Ring magazine middleweight champion Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, in arguably the biggest middleweight fight in decades tonight on HBO pay-per-view. This fight has been anticipated for a few years now, as both fighters are very much among boxing’s elite, with Triple G and Canelo ranked 2nd and 7th respectively on The Ring’s top 10 pound-for-pound list.

Canelo’s only loss as a professional came against none other than Floyd Mayweather in a September 2013 match in which the-then 23-year-old Canelo lost his WBC, WBA “regular” and Ring light middleweight titles in a majority decision. Since then Canelo has regained (and vacated) titles in both the middleweight and light middleweight divisions, becoming for all intents and purposes the pride of his native Mexico, even despite claims that he had been trying to avoid a fight against Triple G.

Canelo’s last bout came against against Julio César Chávez Jr., and after the easy victory over the son of one of boxing’s legends, Canelo looked immediately towards a Triple G fight, saying:

“Golovkin, you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 15 fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone.”

With 37 victories and 33 of them coming by way of knockout, Triple G has the highest knockout percentage ever for a middleweight champion. His punching power combined with his impressive techniques in the ring have made him one of boxing’s most feared opponents, even now at the age of 35. There have been claims that the Kazakhstan native has been slowing down recently; with a less than impressive first few rounds in a September 2016 bout against England’s Kell Brook (a fight which Triple G ended up winning by TKO); as well as a questionable performance against Brooklyn’s Danny Jacobs, a fight which many believe Jacobs was robbed of the victory.

Triple G was in attendance of the aforementioned Canelo fight against Chávez Jr., and when asked about a fight with Canelo he said:

“I feel very excited. Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style — a big drama show. I’m ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September.”

You can catch tonight’s fight at around 11PM EST on HBO PPV, or by just finding a live stream online somewhere like everybody else.

Therence Bien-Aime