Boxing, auto racing fans, bettors converge on Las Vegas
September 14, 2018 9:52 AM
by Robert Mann
Boxing and auto racing fans and bettors, too, are converging on Las Vegas this weekend in anticipation of the long-awaited rematch of Gennady Golovkin (-135) and Canelo Álvarez (+115) Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena plus the DC Solar 300 (Xfinity Series) Saturday and South Point 400 (NASCAR Playoffs) Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The two middleweights, called by experts as “the best of their generation", meet for a second time on Saturday, in the same ring, with the unified world middleweight championship on the line, once more. Golovkin will put up the WBC and WBA belts, as well as the lesser IBO title, while Álvarez will climb in as the Ring magazine and lineal middleweight champion by virtue of a 2015 win over Miguel Cotto.
A year ago, the two fought to a controversial draw.
At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the flag drops Saturday at 2:10 p.m. local time for the DC Solar 300. The South Point 400 starts at 12:10 p.m. local time on Sunday. Friday morning, Christopher Bell remained the 9/4 favorite in the Xfinity race and Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were 11/4 co-favorites in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs race.