We are less than a week away from the middleweight championship rematch between Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), in what is the biggest boxing match of the year.
Because Golovkin’s WBC belt is on the line, both men are subject to the sanctioning body’s weight-cutting guidelines for title fights. At 30 days out, fighters cannot weigh more than 10% of the contracted weight. Once it gets to 7 days, they can’t exceed 5%.
For middleweight, that means Golovkin and Alvarez have to be within 168 lbs, and that was not a problem for either of them. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin weighed in at 163.8 lbs, whereas his Mexican rival came in at 163.2 lbs.
At 30 days out, Golovkin was 168.3 and Alvarez at 167.4, so they were both just about within the 5% rule when they didn’t need to be. We only wish more weight cuts looked like this in both MMA and (to a less frequent extent) boxing.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez is set for Saturday, September 15th on HBO PPV at a special start time of 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.