SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2017 – The much anticipated middleweight showdown has found its home. Two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will square off against IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 16, during Mexican Independence Day weekend. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
For all the talk of moving the megafight to a super-sized stadium setting like AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the fight will take place at a venue Golden Boy Promotions and Alvarez are extremely comfortable with. This will be Golovkin’s first fight in Las Vegas; he’s had more fights in Monte Carlo and Madison Square Garden.
While Alvarez has a significant fan base proven to travel to Las Vegas, Golovkin’s Southern California fans should be able to find their way to Sin City; his Kazakhstan fans have proven they’ll travel anywhere. What will be fascinating to see is how the Mexican-American fan base splits its allegiances. Many call themselves “Mexicans for GGG” for his aggressive “Mexican Style” and he gives a great deal of attention to his relationship with them.
“I am thrilled to return to T-Mobile Arena, and to give the fans the best fight that can be made in our sport today,” Alvarez said. “I have repeatedly said that I fear no man, and I am now going to prove it by stepping into the ring against GGG. When the final bell rings, everyone will know that this is indeed the Canelo era, and that I am the best fighter in all of boxing.”
“This is the type of fight I have dreamed of since I became a professional boxer,”
Golovkin said. “This fight will be at a true championship level and we will give the fans an exciting fight.”
The fight, to be contested at a maximum of 160 pounds will feature two power-punchers who have significant fan followings, for good reason. In their combined 88 fights, 67 have ended before the final bell.
“For the best fight on the best date in boxing, there is no better venue than the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Fans won’t only be treated to a classic battle between the two best boxers in the sport, they will also be able to enjoy an incredible week of activities marking Mexican Independence Day. This will be a can’t-miss event for hardcore and casual fans, alike.”
“This is the result of many years of hard work for Gennady, travelling around the world fighting world champions and top contenders to become an undefeated unified middleweight world champion,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “Gennady’s reward, and the fans’ reward, will be battling in the biggest and best match-up in the sport of boxing. Gennady is ready for his date with destiny.”
“On September 16 there will be fireworks in Las Vegas when the biggest fight in boxing decides the middleweight championship of the world,” said Tony Walker, Vice President HBO Pay-Per-View. “We are thrilled to be producing and distributing this powerhouse event from the bright lights of Las Vegas.”
Alvarez last appeared at the T-Mobile Arena over Cinco de Mayo weekend in a disappointing one-sided defeat of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Twenty-thousand fans attended, the largest crowd at an indoor boxing event in Las Vegas.
Richard Sturm, President of Sports and Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said, “There is no doubt this will be one of the biggest fights in boxing history. T-Mobile Arena has quickly become one of the leading venues to host championship boxing of this magnitude. We look forward to celebrating Mexican Independence Day Weekend in Las Vegas with our event partners and boxing fans worldwide.”
An announcement regarding on-sale ticket release will be announced in the coming days.
Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on [email protected]
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