Big Triple G-Alvarez title fight to be in Las Vegas

first_imgIn this file photo, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose in Las Vegas. The much anticipated Sept. 16 middleweight title fight between Golovkin and Alvarez will take place on the Las Vegas Strip. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said Monday, June 5, 2017, the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip won out in bidding over AT&T Stadium in Texas. APLAS VEGAS — Gennady Golovkin will make his Las Vegas debut when he meets Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight title showdown that figures to be the richest fight since Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fought two years ago.Promoters announced Monday (Tuesday Manila time) that the much-anticipated Sept. 16 fight between Golovkin and Alvarez will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. The arena won out over AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Madison Square Garden in New York, which also bid for the bout.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Alvarez is a former welterweight and super welterweight champion who moved up to a catch weight of 164 pounds for his fight against Chavez.Alvarez suffered his only loss against Mayweather, dropping a decision in a 2013 fight many thought he took too early in his career.De La Hoya said he talked to officials from several venues wanting to host the fight, including Dodger Stadium and Madison Square Garden. In the end it came down to the glitz and excitement of Las Vegas against a much larger capacity at the stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play.“Ultimately it’s the entertainment factor,” he said. “People want to go to parties before and after the fight.”MGM Grand, which owns the T-Mobile Arena, will televise the fight closed circuit at its other Las Vegas resorts in addition to the HBO pay-per-view. Ticket prices and pay-per-view prices have yet to be released. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Clippers to host 2 preseason games against Raptors in Hawaii “It was a hard decision because there was so much interest from other venues,” said Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler. “It’s just the right time for Gennady to be in Las Vegas and make a big splash.”Golovkin, a knockout artist from Kazakhstan who hasn’t lost in 37 fights, will defend his middleweight titles against Alvarez, the red-head who is the biggest boxing star in Mexico. Alvarez, whose only loss was at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., is coming off a lopsided win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last month in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fight will be televised on pay-per-view from the 20,000-seat facility that is also the home of the UFC.“Everybody wants to go to Vegas, have a great time and watch a great fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez. Golovkin, popularly known in boxing as Triple G, has campaigned for a fight against Alvarez for much of the past two years. The fight was announced last month after Alvarez beat Chavez in a pay-per-view fight at T-Mobile Arena.“We had to wait for a long time,” Loeffler said. “It was frustrating having a champion willing to fight anybody who still found it virtually impossible to get top names in the ring with him.”Golovkin is coming off a hard-fought decision win over Daniel Jacobs in March at Madison Square Garden that was the first time in nine years he was forced to go the distance in a bout. The speculation in boxing was that his performance against Jacobs may have convinced Alvarez that it was worth the risk to face such a big puncher.De La Hoya, who announced the fight during an appearance on ESPN, said the fight between two boxers who are all action and big punchers will help fans forget the 2015 bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao that didn’t live up to expectations.“I made Triple G versus Canelo in order to bring back those fans and give fight fans a real fight,” De La Hoya said. “This is a real fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img