Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez reach deal for September 15 rematch
It came close to not happening, but Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will meet again in the ring. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya recently announced that a deal had been reached and that the fight is on for September 15. The date places it on Mexican Independence Day weekend, and the deal happened on the day of the deadline that De La Hoya announced earlier.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 13, 2018
The initial holdout in accepting the offer came from Golovkin’s dissatisfaction with the revenue split. Golovkin and his camp wanted an even split, but the last offer from Golden Boy only offered 42.5% of the venue. The fight appeared to be off because of this, and De La Hoya even told ESPN that “there is no fight.”
Something changed afterward, though. De La Hoya announced the deal only hours later, with the GGG camp apparently changing their minds on the final offer. While the offer isn’t as good as the 50/50 split wanted by Golovkin’s team, Alvarez would still likely be the biggest opponent for Golovkin in terms of revenue.
Aside from monetary reasons, it’s possible that Golovkin accepted the deal for his own prestige. After the first fight between him and Alvarez ended as a controversial draw, there’s still hot debate over who the best middleweight in the world is. According to the BoxRec pound-for-pound rankings, Alvarez is the second best boxer in the world and Golovkin is the third, despite Alvarez being suspended for clenbuterol in the buildup to the original rematch date back in May.
The winner of the fight will be considered the top boxer in the world by many, and Golovkin accepting the fight will prevent many “what if” questions from coming up in the future. The fight, which is once again one of the most anticipated of the year, will take place September 15 in Las Vegas. T-Mobile Arena is the most likely venue, although one hasn’t been named officially at this point.