The fight last fall ended in a swirl of controversy after judge Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 for Golovkin; while Don Trella saw it a 114-114 and Adelaide Byrd favored Alvarez 118-110.
Last year, the pair of world-class middleweights clashed in Las Vegas, Nevada in a tremendous back-and-forth affair.
Anticipated to be one of the biggest fights of the year, the encounter has taken on added spice with Golovkin accusing Canelo of disrespecting boxing fans after his two failed drugs test scuppered original plans for a rematch in May earlier this year.
Saturday's 12-round battle comes nearly a year to the day after the two fighters battled to a controversial draw in their first encounter. Despite the draw, Golovkin retained his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles.
This Saturday is the night boxing fans have been waiting for!
A fight that had to happen after the disputed draw in the first bout nearly didn't come to be after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol just before beginning training for what was supposed to be a May rematch.More news: Spain vs. Croatia - Football Match Report
A rematch between Canelo and Golovkin was subsequently agreed that would have seen the two foes face off on May 5th in a fight perfectly poised to light up boxing's fabled Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will settle things inside the ring on Saturday night (Sept. 15, 2018) live on HBO pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin, 36, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Santa Monica, California, and seeking to break the all-time middleweight defense record he shares with Bernard Hopkins by retaining his title for the 21st consecutive time, weighed in first and was 159.6 pounds.
The Golovkin camp has been relentless in chastising Alvarez for the failed test and postponement of the rematch.
Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago. "But if he loses the fight, his entire career was a failure".
After they both scaled about half a pound under the 160 lb limit they finally came face-to-face following a seven month build up in which Canelo had refused to look at or speak to Triple G.
"I just want him (Alvarez) to do what he says he will do and try for a knockout", said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez. But he also might have one more great performance in him.