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WATCH: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Weigh-In LIVE STREAM

Three weeks ago, the sideshow that was the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match captured the attention of the sporting public, and the country at large. But boxing fans were among the constituencies least moved by that mismatch — one which, despite a game effort by the outclassed McGregor, resulted in a lopsided Mayweather knockout victory.

Instead, fans of the sweet science have had Sept. 16 circled on their calendars. For that’s when a showdown boxing fans have dreamed about for the better part of two years is finally taking place. It’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin for the middleweight championship of the world.

The 27-year-old Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) goes for his 50th career victory on Saturday night — with his lone defeat coming at the hands of Mayweather in 2014. While the 35-year-old Golovkin finally gets his long coveted career-defining fight against a terrific fighter in his prime.

This one cannot help but be a dandy. Experts are all but certain that the come-forward styles of both fighters will produce fireworks.

The promotion has been largely cordial thus far, with each fighter respectful of the other’s skills. But we’ll see if the tension bubbles over at Friday’s weigh-in.

Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch above, via HBO.

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