Big Triple G-Alvarez title fight to be in Las Vegas

Violet Tucker
June 6, 2017

During a year when boxing saw a throwback atmosphere spawn in England when 90,000-plus watched Anthony Joshua knock out Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight championship, it would have been interesting to see the sport's highest-profile fight - well, in North America - take place in a venue that could house that kind of crowd.

Alvarez last appeared at the T-Mobile Arena over Cinco de Mayo weekend in a disappointing one-sided defeat of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Golovkin and his team have been ready to make the fight for ages but were waiting on Golden Boy and Alvarez to decide the time was right.

Unified middleweight world titleholder Gennady Golovkin will defend his belts against former champion Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Mayweather, who retired in 2015, often fought in September, and his rivalry with De La Hoya is intense enough to take seriously a possible competing super-fight on the same night had De La Hoya opted to return Alvarez to AT&T Stadium a year after he drew 51,000 to the Dallas Cowboys' home. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, lost out to boxing's capital despite having some advantages that would have potentially heightened the atmosphere. I was contemplating it. ...

Alvarez already has fought twice at T-Mobile Arena.

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Golovkin added: "This fight will be at a true championship level and we will give the fans an exciting fight".

"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". The news of venue selection was confirmed by Golden Boy Promotions C.E.O Oscar De La Hoya and Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions.

De La Hoya noted that the entertainment factor of Las Vegas was the decisive component, making fight week more of a party. While potential suitors included AT&T Stadium in Texas, Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, and Madison Square Garden in NY, the final landing spot is (rather predictably) the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. "Gennady is ready for his date with destiny".

An official announcement of the contest was made at the venue back on May 6, although organisers Golden Boy held off on confirming the pair would be heading back there on September 16.

The two will meet for the middleweight title in a bout that is expected to rival the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout from two years ago.

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