The world was waiting. A fight between Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and fearsome Middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin had been top of boxing fans’ wishlists for a long time.
In May the bout was finally confirmed and the pound-for-pound kings will meet in the ring on September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on PPV in the UK & Ireland. More details on how to watch this mouth-watering Middleweight clash will be announced soon.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will be defending his WBC, IBF, IBO and WBA ‘Super’ World Titles against Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), who has held belts in the Super-Welterweight and Middleweight divisions.
The Kazakhstan crusher had been calling for a fight with Canelo for around 18 months and now, aged 35, gets his wish granted to set up the most eagerly-anticipated fight of 2017.
Last time out, Golovkin outpointed talented American Daniel Jacobs but seemed to lack his usual bite, leading to some suggestions that he may be showing his age. However prior to that bout ‘Triple G’ had formed a frightening streak of 23 straight knockouts.
In total he has made 18 title defences and as well as that Jacobs victory, his record includes dominant wins over David Lemieux, Kell Brook and Martin Murray. Canelo, though, is without doubt his toughest assignment to date.
Since dropping a decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in September 2013, Alvarez has beaten the likes of Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara, Liam Smith and most recently Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The 26-year-old has also recorded brutal knockouts against Amir Khan and James Kirkland, displaying his savage power.
Canelo had not fought above 155 pounds before his grudge match with Chavez Jr, where the contracted weight limit was 164.5, just over the Middleweight limit.
The winner of this match-up will turn their attentions towards the final belt-holder in the division Billy Joe Saunders, as nobody has held all four major Middleweight belts since Bernard Hopkins between 2004 and 2005.
Two of boxing’s biggest names will finally go to battle on September 16th in a blockbuster bout in the bright lights of Las Vegas. The world will be watching.