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Kazakh Boxer Golovkin Set To Defend Titles Against Alvarez

Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin (left, shown in 2013 match) seeks to defend his titles on September 15.

Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin will look to defend his WBA, WBC, and IBO middleweight titles when he meets Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 15.

During a weigh-in on September 14, the boxers appeared close to a major physical confrontation before their entourages broke up a minor scuffle.

"I saw he's like a clown. He is showman. He is not true guy," Golovkin, also known as Triple G, said about his opponent.

"I won the weigh-in, and tomorrow I'll win the fight," Alvarez said.

The 36-year-old Golovkin -- with a record of 38 wins, no losses, and one draw with 34 knockouts – weighed in at 72.4 kilograms. He is considered a slight favorite in the fight.

Mexico's 28-year-old Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) weighed in at 72.3 kilograms.

Their first fight a year ago ended in a controversial draw when each fighter was favored on the ticket of one judge, while the third judge declared a tie.

Alvarez was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in April for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, forcing a postponement of the rematch, which was originally scheduled for May 5.

Alvarez blamed the positive test on contaminated meat.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP