Canelo vs. Golovkin 2—Vegas It Is!

By Marc Livitz on February 22, 2018
Canelo vs. Golovkin 2—Vegas It Is!
The rematch will take place on Saturday, May 5, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Their first fight ended in a draw, which was completely understandable, yet the decision was heavily tainted by one particular scorecard…

It’s official, yet it should come as no surprise. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will renew their rivalry and hopefully pick up where they left off last September. The eagerly awaited announcement for an eagerly awaited rematch between two of the world’s top fighters has been made and the bout will take place on Saturday, May 5, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Whether or not a press tour is set to follow today’s news is not yet official, though lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and unbeaten WBC/WBA/IBO and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) will meet next Tuesday in Los Angeles for an official kick-off event of sorts.

Last September 16 in Las Vegas, fans were treated to a decent, though not epic showdown between the two champions. The year-old T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip was packed to the ceiling with crazed fans and the frenzy was just about split down the middle in terms of partisanship. Though Golovkin hails from Kazakhstan, his fighting style as well as amiable personality has endeared him to many fans from the boxing-mad hotbed of Mexico. Likewise, Canelo Alvarez has been a superstar on a meteoric rise for nearly a decade. He’s packed arenas as well as stadia across the United States over the years. Of course, his match with Golovkin last fall ended in a draw, which was completely understandable, yet the decision was heavily tainted by one particular scorecard.

Most could see the point of a close win for either Golovkin or Alvarez, yet not many could agree with a ‘ten rounds to two’ whitewashing as seen by judge Adalaide Byrd. If the complaints have sounded like a broken record for far too long, then we can only hope there’s three judges who are up to the task on Cinco de Mayo.

Quotes courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

“I am happy to return for the fourth time at T-Mobile Arena for this historic rematch against (Gennady) Golovkin,” said Alvarez of the rematch. “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 I’ll end it by doing what I and my fans most desire: knocking him out.”

“It feels right that the rematch returns to the scene of the crime,” said Gennady Golovkin. “This time, there will be no drama with the decision. I won the first fight and left the ring as a 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.”

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  1. Mrsanchez69 07:34pm, 03/04/2018

    I am a canelo fan 100% i was very disappointed when he fought ggg . Lets be real canelo must of had mayweathers spirit in him that day he ran too much i just hope he brings his all next fight GO CANELO !!

  2. Lucas McCain 08:02am, 02/26/2018

    No matter how brave or “ageless” the talk, any fighter in his mid-30s knows the end of the road is not far away.  GGG spent a long career building up to these kind of paydays and he’s willing to risk his O for the Dough.

  3. Alfonso Bedoya 07:10pm, 02/23/2018

    @FFC_Collusion? That has a familiar ring to it…..still….how about this….if we follow the money as we always should it leads straight to T Mobil Arena and Canelo. Let’s face it a third fight with the Redhead will be far more lucrative for GGG & Co. with less risk/downside (believe it or not) than fights with Charlo….Saunders…..or a second go round with Jacobs.

  4. The Fight Film Collector 09:44am, 02/23/2018

    Either Golovkin’s people are in collusion, or they’re naive to think the only problem was “one judge with an off night”.  If that was the issue, then there would have been consequences, including an investigation of the referee.  But as we’ve seen in so many cases, nothing is done.  If anyone expects anything that resembles a fair judging of the rematch, then the last location should be in Vegas, let alone Nevada.  If they didn’t learn that from the first fight, they deserve to have Golovkin’s title stolen, which is what’s going to happen if the fight goes the distance.

  5. Louis 08:03am, 02/23/2018

    The won the first fight. End of story.

  6. Koolz 04:29pm, 02/22/2018

    One thing I find interesting is that Jacobs fight was closer than the Canelo fight.  In one round Golovkin never even did anything but wait to throw a punch. 
    That fight I could see as a draw.  But the Canelo fight…pffft…..wha…..t.

    I will be amazed if either of them knocks the other out.  I feel it will just be like the last fight and the loser is going to want to do it again.

    Which is Ironic considering Oscar so absolutely this will be a trilogy.

  7. Your Name 03:37pm, 02/22/2018

    Alfonso you sound a bit like a Boxing special ed. Alfonso, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having read it. You have zero boxing IQ, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  8. Your Name 03:34pm, 02/22/2018

    Draw it sure was not and anyone who said it was close has a boxing IQ of zero and knows NOTHING if how to score a fight.

  9. Koolz 01:47pm, 02/22/2018

    yep it’s going to be a third fight.  NO matter what happens what the out come is there will be a third fight.

    GGG and Canelo going to fight different and create this amazing Hagler Hearns style fight ....no they are not.

  10. Alfonso Bedoya 01:09pm, 02/22/2018

    The only way GGG can win this time is to score a KO….period! Just doing enough to win every round won’t do it for the simple fact that every close round will go to the Redhead….guaranteed! Multiple knockdowns won’t get it either…..if he doesn’t close the show with a KO he will lose! He will have to take chances this time that he didn’t last time in order to do it….moreover if he can’t take Canelos best shots along the way like Baby Huey did for twelve long Goddamned rounds he is not all that he was cracked up to be….not by a long shot!

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