Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady GGG Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) will return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for their highly anticipated rematch on Cinco de Mayo.
I am happy to return for the fourth time at T-Mobile Arena for this historic rematch against [Gennady] Golovkin, said Canelo via press release. I opened the doors of this place to the world of boxing, and it has become my favorite venue. This is where the fight started, and this is where Ill end it by doing what I and my fans most desire: knocking him out.
The first fight between the two world-class athletes sold out in only two weeks, and tickets will surely be in even higher demand as both fighters have promised they will not leave the rematch in the judges hands. Canelo vs. GGG II will take place Saturday, May 5.
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It feels right that the rematch returns to the scene of the crime, said Golovkin via press release. This time there will be no drama with a decision. I won the first fight and left the ring as world champion wearing all the belts. And I am going to win the second fight. It is going to be a record fight and a golden night for me and boxing at T-Mobile Arena.
The weekend historically was dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who capitalized on the “May” in his name and would appease his Mexican fans by wearing ornate traditional Mexican ponchos and sombreros when entering the ring. Canelo and Golovkin will now host their battle for the second time during the famed Mexican Independence Weekend.
There is no better place to host the historic rematch between Canelo and Golovkin than T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas,” said Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya via press release. “Las Vegas on a fight weekend during Cinco de Mayo is electric, and I know fans will travel from around the world to be here to participate in the celebratory atmosphere. Historic boxing matches like Canelo vs. GGG 2 belong in a place like Las Vegas, which offers fans the full and rich experience they are looking for on a big fight weekend.
The ground is truly neutral with both Golovkin and Alvarez living and training in Southern California and the anticipation is high as the last results from their first pairing left many puzzled as to how the judges saw it as a draw.
The last time they met in the ring, the tie went to the runner — Canelo Alvarez, said Tom Loeffler, promoter of Golovkin via press release. I think there is only one place to settle this dispute between the two best middleweights. The most appropriate place for the rematch is back at T-Mobile Arena. The venue was a sensational host to Team Golovkin and the fans were terrific. We’ll see if T-Mobile Arena remains Canelos favorite venue after he becomes Gennadys twentieth and record-tying title defense.