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Viva Las Vegas: Fans greet Canelo, Golovkin Tuesday

Written By | Sep 13, 2017
Canelo Alvarez wades into the crowd of fans at the MGM Grand Hotel Tuesday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Canelo Alvarez wades into the crowd of fans at the MGM Grand Hotel Tuesday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, September 13, 2017 – The official kickoff to Fight Week activities in today’s boxing world is the grand arrival of the fighters ahead of their bout.

Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) made their grand arrivals Tuesday at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Alvarez and Golovkin fight on Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena, produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

They were joined by featherweights Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) and Jorge “Pilon” Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) who will face off in the 12 round co-main event; by HBO PPV undercard fighters Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) and Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) who fight for Caballero’s NABF Super Bantamweight title and the vacant NABO Super Bantamweight title; and by Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) and Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs), who fight with Ryan’s WBC Continental Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental lightweight titles on the line in the opening bout of the HBO PPV.

See our gallery of the fighter arrivals here. All photos courtesy Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions.

(L to R) Oscar De La Hoya, Eddy Reynoso, Canelo Alvarez, Chepo Reynoso. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez said, “I’m very happy. I’m very excited to be here and to be back with my people, and this is another fight. This is another fight that will go down in history. And I’m very happy to be joined here by all my people. With the promotions and all the back and forth, it’s become personal. It’s a fight that all the fans and all the media have been waiting for for years.

“I can assure you that I will do my part and I will do my best to give you all a beautiful fight. The most important thing for me is victory. I always prepare myself to give the best. I want this for my people, my team, for my country. And that’s what I’m going to do this Saturday. I’m going to go in there and win the fight. I prepared myself for the knockout. Look, anything can happen in this fight. But that’s what I’ve prepared for–to knock him out.”

Gennady Golovkin puts two of his three middleweight titles on the line in his fight against Canelo Alvarez. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin, making his first apperance ever in Las Vegas as a professional boxer, said “It’s amazing to be in Las Vegas. But the bigger thing is the fight is finally here. I am Gennady Golovkin until I walk into the ring. And that’s when I turn into Triple G. It’s not that I’m mean, or angry. I’m just more focused. This is the perfect fight for fans. And the perfect fight for me. I will enjoy it.

“I’ve wanted him [Alvarez] because of the Cotto fight when he became the mandatory challenger. I’m old school. I think there should just be one champion. All my career I’ve been denied the fights I’ve wanted [Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto]. That ends Saturday night.”

Comments from the undercard fighters upon their arrival at the MGM Grand Hotel:

Featherweight Contender Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz called it “amazing. It’s motivation for me. I trained very hard to give all the fight fans a great fight in this exciting co-main event. I know that everyone is expecting the main event to be fireworks. And it is going to be fireworks. The co-main event is going to be fireworks. We’ve got two undefeated fighters fighting in a WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator, so there’s a lot at stake.”

His opponent, Jorge Lara, said he’s excited to be on such a big card. On Saturday I expect to end with my hand up in the air. I don’t know much about him [Diaz]. I know that he is undefeated, so he’s got to be a pretty hard opponent. I did prepare myself well for this. You can see that I’m going to steal the show because everyone knows that when I come to fight, I come to fight.”

NABF Super Bantamweight Champion Randy “El Matador” Cabellero is from nearby Coachella, California. “Of course it’s intense. That’s the whole part of this sport. You get these fans. Look at all of the fans who are out here. We get them excited for these fights. You have two undefeated fighters who will give it their all inside of the ring. We’re going to perform at our best. We’re both ready to put on a great show, to be on this great card, and to perform in front of all these great fans. It’s an amazing opportunity to give it our all.”

WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion Diego De La Hoya, cousin of promoter Oscar De La Hoya, said of Cabellero: “It’s nothing personal. Look, in the ring, we’re enemies. Outside of the ring we can be friends. I just want to give the fans a great fight. Because we’re all going to win this Saturday. The Mexican fans will win. It’s a card that everybody wishes they were on … I’m going to give my soul because I’m coming to win.”

WBC Continental Americas Champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin said, “It’s my first fight in Las Vegas. This is a tremendous turnout. I’m super excited to be here. Great fans. Great atmosphere. I’m ready to put on a show Saturday night, a boxing clinic. And I hope you guys will be there to see it.”

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.