Well, it’s finally official! After much speculation, the sequel to the most anticipated boxing event in years will arrive on Cinco De Mayo as 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 clash in a historic and highly anticipated 12-round rematch on Saturday, May 5 live on HBO pay-per-view.
After 12 action-packed rounds, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought to a draw. On May 5, they get back in the ring. Watch Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 on HBO PPV.
No details regarding the venue and when tickets will go on sale have been announced yet, but rumors are that the fight will return to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In September of 2017, Canelo and GGG met in a battle of the worlds two top middleweights, battling toe-to-toe over 12 rounds of high drama that ended in split draw. The fight drew a record crowd for an indoor boxing event in Las Vegas, selling out in less than two weeks and bringing legions of fans, from Mexico to Kazakhstan and everywhere in between.
Alvarez, the 27-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is the veritable face of boxing. After capturing two world titles and the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Alvarez moved up to 160 pounds to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine World Titles with a Nov. 2015 victory against Miguel Cotto. Alvarez has maintained his status as the lineal champion ever since, and in a historic Sept. 16 showdown last year, Alvarez fought to a 12-round split draw against Golovkin. Alvarez is eager to erase all doubts regarding his status as the best middleweight in the world.
Im delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history, said Alvarez via press release. 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 wont have any excuses regarding the judges because Im coming to knock him out.
Golovkin, the 35-year-old wrecking ball of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, was a dominant amateur standout and Olympic Silver Medalist before turning professional in 2006. Since then, Golovkin has been on a historic trajectory, knocking out one opponent after another to unify the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles.
During this run, Golovkin maintained an unblemished record that included a 23-fight knockout streak, which ended with a unanimous decision victory against Danny Jacobs in March 2017. In September of the same year, Golovkin went the distance in a historic split draw against Alvarez, which has merited a much-desired rematch in the eyes of boxing fans.
Relive this year’s middleweight war between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. HBO celebrates boxing’s best of 2017 by featuring the year’s most unforgettable fights, with different bouts airing every night from Dec. 26-29, 2017.
I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again, said Golovkin via press release. This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves. I didnt 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.