Gennady Golovkin believes his "historical fight" with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez will be huge for both his legacy and the middleweight division as a whole.
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'GGG' will take on the 27-year-old Mexican at the T-Mobile Arena as he marks his Las Vegas debut on September 16 with the IBF, WBC and WBO world titles at stake.
The hard-hitting Kazakh, unbeaten in 37 fights, says that the unification showdown will bring the division back to the dizzy heights of times gone by.
The middleweight division will come back. 'Canelo' is a very special guy and for both of us it's huge. Especially for me, this is huge.
"I want to start and I want to win this fight because maybe for me this win will be like a history fight, like [Sugar Ray] Leonard against [Marvin] Hagler.
"The middleweight division will come back. 'Canelo' is a very special guy and for both us it's huge. Especially for me, this is huge.
"The story - in the middleweight division, it's a long story. I don't know, I remember a lot of great champions, like Carlos Monzon, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Bernard Hopkins.
"Right now I think new stories, new times for us. So many stories are huge in the middleweight division. To be a champion is huge."