Britain’s Anthony Yarde fancies Canelo Alvarez to overcome Gennady Golovkin in their eagerly-anticipated middleweight rematch on September 15th, live on BT Sport Box Office.
The first encounter between Guadalajara native Canelo and undefeated Kazakh Golovkin ended in a controversial split draw last year.
But world No.2 ranked light-heavyweight Yarde believes the skilful Mexican will have the edge when the pair clash again next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I see it being another great fight,” predicts Yarde. “I feel Canelo is the fresher fighter and he’s younger.
“How he deals with the pressure, he’s dealt with it so far. I know he has a winning mentality, you can see from his loss to Floyd Mayweather that he does not like losing and he has come back better.
“Considering how tight the first fight was and what he has been through with the whole drug testing thing, I feel like that might motivate him.”
The former WBA, WBC light middleweight champion twice tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in February.
Canelo claimed eating contaminated meat was the reason he tested positive. Nevertheless, he was handed a six-month suspension for the infringement which expired on August 17th.
The 28-year-old, whose solitary loss came against Mayweather in 2013, will have to produce his best performance to date if he is to inflict Golovkin’s first professional defeat.
Golovkin, who is eight years Canelo’s senior, retained his WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight titles against American Vanes Martirosyan in May to extend his unbeaten record to 39 fights.
“GGG is a warrior and he’s going to want to prove himself, so just like the first fight I see it being a fantastic fight,” said Yarde.
Despite the fact Canelo and Golovkin have met previously, the Briton is unsure if either opponent holds an advantage.
“One fighter might feel like I feel he has his opponent’s number, and one other fighter might feel like he knows how to beat the other this time. We don’t know looking in from the outside, but they might know within themselves.”
He continued: “We might go there and see a shut-out fight, you might see an early knockout, a late knockout, or you might see a boxing masterclass. That’s why I think it will be an entertaining fight, both met come to fight.
“I feel like Canelo is more skilful, but GGG has attributes that you can’t run away from.
“He has a chin of steel, a very accurate and devastating punch and some of the best tactics for cutting off a ring and that’s why the fight is so interesting.
“Just like the first fight, I picked a draw, and this fight I give the edge to Canelo.”