We are now right smack in the middle of fight week for Saturday’s epic boxing rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

HBO Boxing Insider Kieran Mulvaney recently caught up with both the challenger and champion heading into their rematch. The two fought to a draw last year, with the second encounter set to go down on pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Alvarez is returning from a suspension for a banned substance. He has not fought since that draw with GGG.

“I’m very happy to be back here in Las Vegas,” Alvarez said. “It’s a big motivation to have all these people here and I thank them for always supporting me. I’m very anxious to get back in the ring and I’m very anxious to get back.

“I’m gonna make sure I take advantage and hit him in the body and make sure we have a better performance.”

After having plans for a May rematch with Alvarez scrapped due to the suspension, Golovkin went ahead and scored a quick finish. He’s looking forward to testing himself against a top fighter this time around.

“I feel very comfortable. I’m very happy because I’m coming back to Vegas,” Golovkin said. “I’ve been working hard every day. I know right now it’s a completely different story and different level.

“Just trust me, we will bring another beautiful dramatic show.”

The WBA (super), WBC, IBO and The Ring middleweight titles will all be on the line between Golovkin and Alvarez. Golovkin currently holds the WBA, WBC and IBO belts, while The Ring title is vacant.

Also scheduled for the event is a WBO junior middleweight title defense by Jaime Munguia as she meets Brandon Cook. David Lemieux vs. Gary O’Sullivan and Roman Gonzalez vs. Moises Fuentes complete the main card lineup.