Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced off for the final time ahead of their eagerly awaited rematch Friday as they comfortably made the weight for their middleweight grudge match.
An ill-tempered confrontation before several thousand fans at the T-Mobile Arena saw a minor scuffle after the two fighters came together after stepping on the scales.
Kazakh fighter Golovkin, the defending WBA, WBC and IBO champion, weighed in slightly heavier at 159.6 pounds (72.4 kgs).
Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) meanwhile came in at 159.4 pounds, well within the 160lb limit.
Members of both entourages quickly got between the two fighters to head off a physical confrontation after Alvarez appeared to rush towards Golovkin, who didn’t flinch.
A relaxed-looking Golovkin later took a verbal jab at his Mexican rival after the face-off, telling the media, “I saw he’s like a clown. He is showman. He is not true guy.”
A stony-faced Alvarez meanwhile claimed a psychological victory.
“I won the weigh-in, and tomorrow I’ll win the fight,” he said.
Saturday’s 12-round battle comes almost a year to the day after the two fighters battled to a controversial draw in their first encounter.
For Golovkin, (38-0-1, 34 knockouts), it will be a record-breaking 21st consecutive defence of his middleweight crown when he faces Alvarez again on Saturday.