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LAS VEGAS: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says a decisive victory in the trilogy over bitter rival Gennady Golovkin on Saturday would return him to the pinnacle of boxing and recognition as the best fighter in the world.

Alvarez, roared by his dedicated fans celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day on Friday, will look to beat the hard-hitting Kazakh for the second time after a controversial victory in their last fight in 2018.

With the fight taking place at super middleweight, it’s a chance for the Mexican superstar, undisputed champion in the 168-pound weight class, to avenge his last fight loss – a light heavyweight loss to Dmitry. Bivol – and become pound-for-pound the best in the eyes of the boxing world.

Golovkin, 40, will fight in the weight class for the first time, but the weight should suit the middleweight champion, who says Alvarez was lucky to earn a draw in his first fight in 2017 before moving on. delivering the only career loss for “Triple G”.

The fighters have made no secret of their dislike for each other, a rivalry erupted after Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in March 2018, delaying a third match until now.

Alvarez is determined to knock out Golovkin for the first time in his storied career, a stoppage that would cement the Mexican’s place among the greatest of all time.

“It’s one of the biggest fights of my life, because of the rivalry we have, and this third fight will be the most important,” Alvarez told AFP.

“The fact that he’s going into it thinking it might be his last makes him dangerous. I’m going to leave it all in the ring.

“Round one, I’ll be looking to get the stoppage. It’s as pissed off as I’ve been before a fight for a while.

Alvarez is 57-2-2 with 39 knockouts while Golovkin is 42-1-1 with 37 knockouts and three world titles in the 160-pound middleweight division.

The loss of Bivol has not tarnished Alvarez’s confidence in his place in the boxing business.

“I think I’m the best fighter in the world right now,” Alvarez said. “No one has taken risks like me and I don’t need to take risks, but I like a challenge and I always feel like I’m the best.

“I just want to punish him really hard. I am close to doing so. He pretends to be a good person, but he’s not. He talks a lot (of things) about me and that’s what I don’t like. He’s a great fighter but as a person? I do not think so.

“The rivalry goes back years and I like it to be personal. It makes me train like crazy so it motivates me even more. I listen to what he says but at the end of the day he finds just an apology I listen but don’t take it to heart or on board.

“What I don’t like is when it comes to speaking in person, he’s lying and he’s a different person.”

Golovkin, meanwhile, feels the Mexican has lost touch with reality after losing to the biggest and strongest Bivol earlier this year as Alvarez saw his bid to reign in another category of weight fail.

“He keeps saying he’s not afraid of any challenge and is saving face,” Golovkin said. “At the same time, what he said in the press conferences, he did not take Bivol seriously. He drew his conclusions that this loss brought him back to Earth.

“He lost touch with reality and thought he was invincible. The confidence is there, but after clearly losing the fight, you throw up your arms and say you only lost a few rounds? That’s what I’m talking.

“I am calm and confident. My nervous system tells me it’s business as usual. I anticipate he will make fewer mistakes. I know what kind of fight we are facing and I am absolutely ready.

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