By: Shane Patton
It would seem that Boxing’s biggest rematch may in fact come to fruition.
On June 13, at approximately noon, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya declared “No fight. There is no fight” between Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs). Just a few short hours later De La Hoya tweeted “I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!!.”
The location for the fight has yet to be announced, but a safe bets would be will be in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the venue was to serve for the rematch when it was scheduled for May 5 had been scheduled already.
The rematch was originally postponed in April after Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol. He claimed the failed test was due to tainted meat in Mexico, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not be swayed.
It was rumored the commission wanted a long term suspension but ultimately decided on a six months, which has allowed for the September showdown. This sets up a long-awaited rematch between the two Boxing greats given the controversial nature of their first meeting back in September of last year.
Both men fought to a draw in their first outing, although the initial decision was heavily contested by fans and media. Many saw the fight in favor of Golovkin who landed more significant strikes, overall strikes per round, and most punches overall.
Golovkin has since defended his WBA, IBO and WBC Middleweight championships against against Armenian-American contender Vanes Martirosyan. Golovkin successfully defended his titles with a second round knockout in a dominant display. Meanwhile, Canelo has not competed since the two men’s meeting in the Las Vegas ring.
On June 11, in a interesting turn of events, WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael on Monday:
“We have agreed to the terms that [Anthony Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn] has put out to us for a fight in the UK.”
“Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the UK. Deontay sent an email to Joshua [Sunday] night, and I sent one today to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract.”
Wilder, the aforementioned WBC Heavyweight champion, is at 40-0 with 39 knockouts. Joshua holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO Heavyweight titles and is 21-0 with 20 knockouts. Target date for the match is rumored to be on September 15th, 2018. Although not a signed contract it seems like a savvy move by De La Hoya to acquire this date. It would be intriguing to see if both fights take place on September 15 due to London being anywhere from 8 to 5 hour’s time difference from the United States.