Canelo-Golovkin II Official For May 5th
In a press release Tuesday, Golden Boy Promotions announced that the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin is official.
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) January 29, 2018
The fight is set for May 5th and will air on HBO Pay Per View, but there is no official venue as of this time.
The rumored sites for this much talked about rematch have been the site of the first fight, T-Mobile Arena, or Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The two faced off in September of 2017 in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. And while it seemed that Golovkin would win the fight via decision, the scorecards would yield a controversial draw due to the scorecard of Nevada judge, Adalaide Byrd.
Alvarez is eager to erase all doubts regarding his status as the best middleweight in the world on May 5th.
“I’m delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history,” said Canelo Alvarez.
“This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best. This time, [Gennady] Golovkin won’t have any excuses regarding the judges because I’m coming to knock him out.”
Golovkin knows was very vocal of the judging of the first fight, and is excited to try and rectify that blemish on his record.
“I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again,” said Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
“This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves. I didn’t agree with some of the judges’ decisions in the first fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring as THE middleweight champion of the world.”
“Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 will be boxing’s biggest and best event of 2018 as these two elite fighters once again go head-to-head to determine who is the best middleweight in the world,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “I expect we will see even more fireworks in the rematch as both fighters know there more is at stake now than before.”
“This is the fight boxing fans have been waiting for since the controversial outcome of last September, and the ONLY fight Gennady has wanted since that decision,” said Tom Loeffler, Promoter of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “Gennady is ready for this historic record-tying 20th title defense where he will demonstrate his superiority over Canelo. Gennady is on a mission to prove he is still the best middleweight in the world today and one of the best fighters of his era.”