Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin confirm

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Against Chavez, Alvarez's work rate never dipped as he landed clean shots from start to finish with his right hand - thrown at blistering speed - one of his most risky weapons. Chavez would have paid a $1 million penalty if he had not made weight.

Although Saturday's fight was not for a title, both fighters have a championship pedigree. And the fact he went the distance was more a testament of thick whiskers than actual boxing prowess.

"Luck is for the mediocre", replied Alvarez. "I'm not going to give him any space. [Sergio] Martinez is better but I think he is the best Mexican fighter at this moment in time".

The dig will add some more spice to an already hugely anticipated fight between two of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet.

There was a suspension after testing positive for marijuana and frequent reports of a lack of focus in training camp. Since then, the only time Alvarez has come close to that was when he faced Miguel Cotto in 2015 and drew almost 1 million buys.

And Golovkin warned the 26-year-old he would not be in for such an easy ride on September 16.

Canelo takes on countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Nevada on Saturday, looking to improve on a 48-1-1 record. I just want to tell the people of Sinoloa I apologise.

We really haven't been sure what Chavez is about.

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Golovkin was awarded the WBC middleweight title last May after Canelo vacated the title, per BBC Sport. "The fight is done", Alvarez revealed. It's a bout he calls personal. "I'm very happy. This is the biggest fight in boxing".

The pay-per-view numbers, Atlas said, "will go through the roof".

He was chided for being afraid of the fight - but de la Hoya insisted an Alvarez-Golovkin bout was never in doubt. "It's for honor, for pride, and it's very important for me to keep making history in my career".

Golovkin didn't have to travel far to make the announcement as he watched Alvarez's fight from ringside in Las Vegas.

After knocking out Amir Khan a year ago, Alvarez then dropped down to super-welterweight, another knockout win over Liam Smith. Chavez reckoned, "It's a tough fight, it's a good fight".

Golovkin, who has yet to reach the pay-per-view plateau established by Alvarez, finally will have the opponent that should lift the native of Kazakhstan's crossover acceptance. I feel that I'm a bigger guy. I wasn't feeling that distance. I've had hard fights, and that will no doubt be a tough fight. "I'm just looking forward to giving the public a great fight".

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