The highly-anticipated middleweight boxing title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 16 according to promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
The fight will take place at the home of the UFC, the 20,000 seat, T-Mobile Arena. AT&T Stadium in Texas was also in on the bidding but the fight capital of the world will play host.
“Everybody wants to go to Vegas, have a great time and watch a great fight,” De La Hoya said. “Ultimately it’s the entertainment factor. People want to go to parties before and after the fight.”
Golovkin, the unbeaten knockout puncher from Kazakhstan, will defend his middleweight titles against Alvarez, Mexico’s biggest boxing star. 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.
Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) has been established as a 2-1 favorite over Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 knockouts) in a bout that was several years in the making. Alvarez is a former welterweight and super welterweight champion who moved up to a catch weight of 164 pounds for his fight against Chavez.
The fight is expected to be the biggest boxing pay-per-view since Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao.