Here we go again.
A rematch between Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2) and Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1) has been set for September 15th in Las Vegas. Oscar De La Hoya confirmed the news after giving Golovkin deadline of noon eastern time to agree to terms.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 13, 2018
In their first meeting, the fight was scored as a split decision draw which set up an immediate rematch for the following Cinco de Mayo weekend. Two failed drug tests later, Alvarez would be pulled from the contest leading some to believe that a rematch between two of the biggest draws in boxing today could be in permanent jeopardy. Golovkin would go on to make quick work of short notice replacement Vanes Martirosyan and talks of the Canelo rematch would begin to simmer down. But there was just far too much money to be made.
According to reports, Golovkin will receive 42.5% to Alvarez’s 57.5% of the deal. Golovkin originally wanted a 50/50 split but they would meet in the middle after opening with an offer of 35% for GGG. Had Golovkin passed on the offer, Golden Boy was prepared to continue to court Daniel Jacobs for Alvarez’s next opponent.
For Golovkin, a title unification bout with Billy Joe Saunders was reportedly being worked toward as the next order of business. Saunders recently pulled out of a title bout with Martin Murray on June 23rd in London due to a hamstring injury. Murray would voice his suspicions following the announcement claiming that Saunders was looking for a big money fight with Canelo or Golovkin. If that’s the case — he’ll now have to wait until 2019 or beyond. Murray will now face Roberto Garcia.
The Alvarez-Golovkin sequel will take place inside of the T-Mobile Arena, the same building that housed the first bout.