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Ndou says Alverez vs GGG more worthwhile than Mayweather-McGregor circus

By Bongani Magasela | 2017-09-13 14:55:05.0

Mexican boxing hero Saul Canelo Alvarez‚ a former three-time world champion in two weight divisions‚ will emerge victorious in his super championship bout against undisputed middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on Sunday morning.

This assertion was made yesterday by Australia-based South African Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou‚ for whom one of his 13 losses against 49 wins and two draws was against Alvarez when they fought for the WBC Silver welterweight title in 2012.

“I have my money on Canelo‚” said the former IBF junior welterweight and IBO welterweight champion who has lived in New South Wales in 1995.

The South African‚ now a practicing attorney‚ said he thought the fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – perceived and billed to be the “Fight of the Decade” – will be a thriller that is more than worth watching.

Twenty-seven year old Alvarez has captured the WBC and WBA belts in the junior middleweight and WBO in the middleweight classes. He has a single loss to Floyd “Money” Mayweather against 49 wins with 34 knockouts.

Golovkin‚ from Kazakhstan‚ holds the WBC‚ WBA Super‚ IBF and IBO middleweight belts. The 35-year-old Super champion‚ who is based in California‚ is undefeated in 37 fights and has 33 knockouts.

“I think it’s gonna be a great‚ exciting and competitive fight‚” said Ndou.

“It will be way better than the recent Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor circus we witnessed. I rate Canelo as pound for pound the best fighter in the world now that Mayweather has retired again.

“He has never disappointed in all his fights. Golovkin‚ on the other hand‚ struggled against a smaller man in Kell Brook‚ who moved up two divisions to fight him.

“Up until the fight was stopped it was close‚ though which Brooks dominated at some stages.

“Golovkin also struggled against Daniel Jacobs. To put it in context‚ he was lucky to walk away with a win. I personally had Jacobs winning that fight.”

Ndou added: “Canelo is a natural‚ talented all-round fighter whereas Golovkin is one-dimensional. Golovkin relies on punching power but he will need more than that against a seasoned fighter of Canelo’s caliber‚ who also happens to have a strong chin.

“If he gets caught with the same punches he was getting caught with in the Brook and Jacobs fights he will get stopped.

“One can never underestimate Canelo’s punching power. My prediction is Canelo by knockout in the second half of the fight or by points.”

The fight will be televised live on SuperSport 2 from 2am. - SowetanLIVE