“Where are you?!” were the words Saul “Canelo” Alvarez yelled out during his post-fight interview after his fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
He was calling for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. After being asked who he wanted to fight next, Canelo did not skip a beat when he named Golovkin.
After calling him out, the lights in the T-Mobile Arena went dim. A montage of Golovkin began playing in the background. The attention suddenly shifted elsewhere: As if doing a walkout to a fight, Golovkin was seen walking towards the ring with his team.
Golovkin entered the ring and confirmed with Alvarez that everything had been set. After much anticipation, they will finally face each other on September 16th. The winner will unify the middleweight division.
While the date has been set, the location has not, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Oscar De La Hoya.
“I’ve already had several calls from around the world wanting to stage this fight. I literally had a missed call from Dubai, a missed call from the UK. There’s interest all over the world. Those negotiations, those talks, will start in the weeks to come.”
De La Hoya proudly boasted that the fight between Canelo and Golovkin marked the return of boxing, and that boxing was “back and better than ever!” The retired boxer turned boxing promoter also promised that the fight would have “more action” than the fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
“This is the most anticipated fight, right next to Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, but the difference is this fight will have a lot of action, nonstop action.”
Alvarez, who vacated his WBC 160-pound title to much criticism, adamantly states that he “fears no one” and is delighted to finally have his fight against Golovkin.