Get Your Popcorn Ready! Canelo Alvarez vs. GGG Trilogy Announced For Mexican Independence Day Weekend

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16: (R-L) Gennady Golovkin throws a punch at Canelo Alvarez during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has decided to honor his original word and have a trilogy fight with Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin.

The fight was announced by streaming service DAZN for Sept. 17, Mexican Independence Day weekend, as a DAZN pay-per-view broadcast in the U.S.

The news comes on the heels of Alvarez’s unanimous decision loss to Dmitry Bivol at light heavyweight on May 7. It was the second loss of Alvarez’s career where he was chasing another title at light heavyweight. He previously defeated Sergey Kovalev at the weight via eleventh round KO in 2019.

The Trilogy

“I feel very happy and proud to be able to give the best fights, and this fight won’t be an exception,” said Alvarez.

The fight, contested at super middleweight, is for Alvarez’s undisputed titles. Back in November, Alvarez scored a huge TKO over Caleb Plant to become the first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion. Now he is facing the Kazakh who pushed Alvarez hard in their first fight, which yielded a split decision draw back in 2017.

“Let’s push ahead without going backwards,” Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso said via statement. “A Mexican never surrenders, let’s push forward.”

Opportunity Zone

A few months ago, the Canelo team agreed to make the trilogy against GGG as part of a two-fight deal with Matchroom Sports head Eddie Hearn and DAZN. Alvarez has been traversing the broadcast and streaming worlds making fights with everyone from Premier Boxing Champions and SHOWTIME, where he KO’d Caleb Plant, to Hearn and DAZN.

Rematching GGG, a tough-as-nails opponent that gave Canelo no quarter in both of their highly contested fights, comes on the back end of a loss to Dimitry Bivol. Facing GGG next is a risky proposition for his legacy.

Must-Win Proposition

“We know that Canelo went up to 175, it was a big ask, but he was expected to win that fight,” Eddie Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “He has to win this fight. If he loses to GGG on Sept. 17, where do you go from there?

“Back-to-back defeats against two different fighters, this time with almost no excuse. The toughest thing for Canelo in this fight is to bounce back from that defeat. He was devastated to lose to Bivol.”

During their fight in May, Bivol pushed Canelo with punches in bunches, taking his power and leaving Canelo looking confused as his usual dominance was nonexistent. Bivol silenced the pro-Canelo crowd in Las Vegas, adding a massive win to his undefeated record.

Bivol On The Brain

However, although Canelo initially accepted the loss, he backtracked, saying he won the fight and leaving speculation that he would activate the rematch clause with Bivol when asked if he wanted to run it back.

“Of course I do,” Alvarez said during the post-fight interview. “This can’t end like this.”

On Monday, Alvarez reportedly gave a glimpse into his fight lineup at a golf tournament in Mexico. It seems Alvarez has GGG in mind first, then to avenge his loss to Bivol.

Man With The Plans

“We already had that contract [with Golovkin], that agreement, so we have to continue what we started, and I think those are the two biggest fights in boxing, the fight with Golovkin and the rematch with Bivol,” Alvarez said in translated comments via Fight FreaksUnite.

“Unfortunately, we lost [to Bivol], but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try again. The important thing here is perseverance, and we’re going to do it again.”

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.