After Saul Alvarez had defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night, boxing fans were given a unique treat when the hotly anticipated, much-anticipated showdown between Canelo and Gennady Golovkin was announced. Per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Canelo declared Golovkin would be his next rival. Per ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Canelo likewise said the session would occur September 16.
Bloody Elbow offered the Canelo’s line getting out Golovkin:
Per Bryan Armen Graham of the Guardian, Canelo and Golovkin marked the arrangement for the battle a week ago. However, a setting has not been set.
The buzz for an Alvarez-Golovkin battle has been working for a considerable length of time. Brilliant Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya told Rafael in December it would occur in 2017:
“Canelo truly is a ’54-pounder. I mean, he is. He can make the weight with no problem, and Canelo and I and the team have that for 2017 he will move up to middleweight, full-fledged middleweight, and fight the middleweight champions of the world, and that’s including Triple G. At 160, that’s it.
“You have my word, and Canelo is not afraid of Triple G. September, we’re hoping he signs the contract, and it will happen.”
One hang-up in the past has been the weight the session would happen at. Golovkin battles at 160 pounds, while Canelo has essentially battled at 154 and 155 pounds. Canelo moved up in weight to 164 pounds for his catchweight battle with Chavez, so that was no longer a hindrance to making the match.
Both contenders had sessions in the meantime. Golovkin combats his way through a 12-round war with Daniel Jacobs in March, acquiring a consistent choice triumph to keep his ideal record in place (37-0).
Canelo had no such issues against Chavez, dissecting the 31-year-old on the way to an overwhelming consistent choice win.
Presently, two of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet will at long last settle the score in the ring to figure out who is the ruler.
It’s been a long way to achieving this time for both Canelo and Golovkin. However, it will have the closure boxing fans have clamored to see for years.