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Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Location Confirmed

Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez


On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will battle in a highly-anticipated Middleweight showdown on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

Up until now, three locations were said to be in contention to land the mega fight, with Dallas, Los Angeles and Las Vegas all a possibility.

Earlier today, Golden Boy Promotions‘ Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya, confirmed that the bout will take place at T-Mobile Arena

“Keep in mind everybody wanted this fight, I nailed it down,” said De La Hoya. “It’s the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Everybody wants to go to Vegas (to) have a great time, watch a great fight with GGG and Canelo.”

While it was said that Jerry Jones was interested in hosting the fight at AT&T Stadium, Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez stated (per Steve Kim) that Jones never officially submitted a bid.

Las Vegas and the T-Mobile Arena hosted Canelo’s last bout in May, where he dominated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. over 12 rounds.

“We’re thrilled Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions have selected the fight capital of the world as its place,” said NAC executive director Bob Bennett.

“We look forward to regulating this great fight for the fans and for boxing.”

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Golden Boy Promotions will also host a boxing card the day before Canelo vs. GGG fight on September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“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,” said Canelo. “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,” said Golovkin. “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 of the most explosive, heavy-handed fighters in any division in the sport today. 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 matchup 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 power-house event from the bright lights of Las Vegas.”

The last time Canelo stepped into the ring at T-Mobile Arena, he and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. drew the largest number of fans – more than 20,000 – to ever attend 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.”

A press tour for the fight and on-sale ticket release will be announced in the coming days.

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