It will be sweary mum time for Gennadiy Golovkin as he faces a barrage of abuse from Canelo Alvarez’s mother in Las Vegas.
The bitter rivals will settle it once and for all in their trilogy clash this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena just off the famous Strip.
Alvarez, despite coming off defeat in his last fight at light-heavyweight against Dmitry Bivol, is the favourite to retain his undisputed super-middleweight crowns.
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The 32-year-old Mexican superstar will also have the loudest supporter inside the arena roaring him on. That will be his mother Ana Maria Barragan.
The mum of one of the best fighters in the world is a usual ringside spectator for her son’s fights and she’s not shy in telling his opponents what she thinks about them.
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“She hates Golovkin so much,” said Canelo. “You are going to hear in the arena a lot of bad words from my mother. It is what it is, she’s my mum.”
While many mothers can’t bear the sight of their son in a bloody battle, Canelo’s loves the big fight nights when her son is scrapping.
“She enjoys it,” he said. “She gets a little nervous, not too much, but she enjoys a lot. She screams, she throws every punch too.
“I hear her when I’m in the ring. That is a special voice, it stands out from everybody else. You can’t get better motivation than my mother.”
This is the third time these two will meet with the first bout back in September 2017 ending in a controversial draw with most thinking Kazakh star Golovkin was the victor in the middleweight duel.
Their rematch didn’t happen until a year later when a doping ban kept Canelo out of the ring for six months.
Golovkin’s taunts about drug taking turned the rivalry from a sporting one to a deep personal one which has turned nasty.
The second meeting was a close encounter again but Canelo got the nod on the cards with observers split on the outcome.
It’s taken four years for them to get in the ring again with Golovkin now 40 but still hungry to avenge his only career defeat in 44 outings.
Canelo has gone on to become undisputed at super-middleweight and win a world title at light-heavyweight while growing his selling power across the world.
But with his defeat by Bivol, just the second in 61 fights after a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather, comes questions if his better days may also be beyond him, too.
“I have nothing to prove,” he said.
“In my position, nobody takes risks like me. In my position, I don’t need to take risks but I take the risks because I love boxing and I love what I do. I love challenges. I don’t need to prove anything.”
But does Canelo want a knockout to end any doubt over who is the best between these two at last?
“That’s my goal but you never know in boxing,” he added.
“I’ve prepared myself for that but you never know.
“I’m going to jump in the ring and fight with my head and that’s my goal. I will try all fight to end it before the 12th round but you never know.”
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