After putting on a show in Las Vegas this past September, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will once again face off in the ring, setting a rematch of their split draw for May 5 at a location to be determined.
Canelo vs. Golovkin was the No. 6 best-selling event in the secondary market for 2017, according to data courtesy of Ticket Club. It trailed only Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in terms of secondary market sales totals for combat sports, with two World Series games, an International Champions Cup contest between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and the Super Bowl also ahead of it sales-wise.
The deal for the rematch was finalized on Saturday in Inglewood, California, according to a report in USA Today. Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, came to an agreement at an event that featured Lucas Matthysse and Jorge Linares each win world championship fights.
“I’m delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history,” Alvarez said. “This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best. This time, Golovkin won’t have any excuses regarding the judges because I’m coming to knock him out.”
In the first fight, two of three judges had the bout scored very close – one had it 115-113 for the then-37-0 Golovkin, while another scored it at an even 114-114. The third judge, however, scored the fight a lopsided 118-110 in favor of Alvarez. That controversial scorecard led to the judge, Adalaide Byrd, taking a lengthy break from her duties as a judge with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Regardless of that bit of controversy, the fight left plenty of boxing fans wanting more, and the May fight will bring just that.
“I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again,” Golovkin said. “This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves. I didn’t agree with some of the judges’ decisions in the first fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring as THE middleweight champion of the world.”