LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest from the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez middleweight title fight card at the T-Mobile Arena. (all times local):
A pair of quick knockouts opened the televised portion of the middleweight title showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
Roman Gonzalez bounced back from the first two losses of his career to stop Moises Fuentes with a right hand in the fifth round that left his opponent out cold on the canvas.
The fighter popularly known as Chocolatito pitched a shutout against Fuentes, winning every round before landing the big right that finished the fight without the referee even bothering to count. The comeback win at super flyweight came after Gonzalez lost his title and then lost a rematch to Wisaksil Wangek.
David Lemieux of Canada set himself up for a possible title fight by stopping Ireland's Gary O'Sullivan with a crushing left hook at 2:44 of the first round in a middleweight clash.
Gennady Golovkin wanted to make Canelo Alvarez angry and perhaps throw him off his fight plan. It worked for the weigh-in, but Alvarez vows he will be in control of his emotions Saturday night in their clash for the middleweight title.
Alvarez lunged briefly at Golovkin at the weigh-in on Friday, saying his anger got the better of him. But he said in the days leading up to the fight that he will not fall into the trap of trying to fight Triple G toe-to-toe.
The two fighters meet in a rematch of their draw last September, with the 160-pound titles held by Golovkin at stake. The scheduled 12-round bout will make both fighters millions in what should be the biggest boxing pay-per-fight of the year.
Golovkin, the big puncher from Kazakhstan, has gone the distance twice in his last three fights, including the draw with Alvarez. That's after knocking out all but three fighters in his previous 36 fights.
For Alvarez, the fight is a chance to redeem his reputation, which took a hit after he tested positive for a performance enhancing drug twice in February, forcing the original fight date of May to be vacated. Alvarez blamed the test on eating tainted meat in his native Mexico.