By: Mazizi Ndzimela | Thu 14 Sep 2017, 14:02
Facts you might not know about the fighters who will take part in the most anticipated fight of 2017.
On Sunday 17 September on SuperSport 2 (DStv Channel 202) and on DStv Now at 05:00 (estimated time for main bout) will see Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez battle it out in a middleweight title fight live on your World of Champions.
We give you six facts you might not know about the two fighters who will keep you entertained at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight will take place on the Mexican Independence Day weekend. One more reason for Canelo to be fired up and make his country proud.
Golovkin is undefeated in 37 professional fights with a knockout percentage of 89%. Another scary prospect for Canelo is the fact that the Kazakhstani national has never been knocked down as an amateur or a professional fighter.
At the 2004 Olympics
The only man who has bragging rights is Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov.The Russian middleweight defeated GGG at the Athens Olympics. Strangely enough the man who outscored Golovkin never went on to be a professional fighter.
Bullying gave us a star
If it were not for the bullies who would make fun of young Canelo’s red hair, freckles and light skin - the fighter called Santos Saul Alvarez would have never been known to the boxing world. It was because of these tormenters that Canelo learnt how to fight.
Age aint nothing but a number
Canelo is engaged to Mexican TVpersonality Marisol Gonzalez who is seven years older than him.
The origins of the nickname
If you happen to have red hair, you are most likely to be called “Canelo” meaning "cinnamon" in Spanish.