Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez face off.

SuperSport will now broadcast the most anticipated middleweight bout since the 1980s – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas in the early hours of September 17.

In the wake of the richest fight in history, SuperSport will now broadcast the most anticipated middleweight bout since the 1980s – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas in the early hours of September 17.

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The action will be broadcast on SuperSport 2 (SA only) from 03:00.

Not since the brutal rivalry of the men they called the Four Kings - Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran - has there been such excitement around a middleweight contest.

Golovkin is the dreadnought of the middleweights, a paralysing puncher with 33 knockouts in 37 straight wins; the most savage puncher in the division’s history.

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez with Oscar De La Hoya

Alvarez has already packed in 51 fights, his only defeat on points against Floyd Mayweather jnr in his peak four years ago. He’s the very epitome of a Mexican fighter: relentless, highly skilled and at his best when drawn into a slugfest.

In a curious twist, Golovkin delights in embracing so-called “Mexican style” as he both mimics and appreciates the virtues of the country’s famous boxing legacy.

The sold-out signs on the fight went up many weeks ago, with more spectators expected at the T-Mobile Arena than attended the Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout at the weekend.

“It is right there with Mayweather and possibly bigger,” said Alvarez. “That fight taught me a lot. But this fight will bring out the best in me. Golovkin is the most dangerous fighter at this moment. We want to show him that on this side, there is a lot more to give, too.”

Golovkin, who never bothered to watch the Mayweather-McGregor encounter, said that this will be a fight boxing can be proud of.

“It is boxing's biggest fight. It is a fight for history. It is a real Mexican fight. Everyone will remember this fight. Canelo is number one in Mexico. He is very special.”