The rematch the boxing world wanted is official, as Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will meet again for the Golovkin’s WBA and WBC middleweight titles on September 15 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on pay-per-view.
Alvarez and Golovkin battled to a controversial draw last September in what was one of the best fights in 2017. Judge Adelaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Alvarez when the judge Dave Moretti had it scored 115-113 for Golovkin and Don Trella scored it a draw 114-114.
The rematch had been agreed upon after Alvarez failed two drug tests for the performance-enhancing drug, Clenbuterol. Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) received a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Subsequently, the fight was canceled.
Probably the biggest boxing fight available excluding Mayweather fights, Canelo Alvarez is finally set to take on Gennady Golovkin in much awaited middleweight rematch on Saturday, 15th September 2018 in Las Vegas. This will be the biggest fight of the year, so far. Both fighters are set to earn their biggest purse with Canelo Alvarez guaranteed $15 million and could clear up to $25 -$50 million depending on PPV numbers. Golovkin on the other hand will also get his biggest career payday and should clear anywhere between $10 to $15 million.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is boxing’s biggest pay-per-view star with the retirement of Floyd Mayweather. His 2017 fights against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gennady Golovkin both generated more than one million pay-per-view buys. The fights were the first U.S. boxing matches not involving Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao to register one million buys since Lennox Lewis knocked out Mike Tyson in 2002. Canelo and GGG fought to a draw, with Canelo’s paycheck roughly $42 million for the fight, thanks to 1.3 million PPV buys and a $27 million gate. The May rematch was called off when Canelo failed a pre-fight drug test for the use of the banned substance clenbuteroas, which Canelo stated came from eating tainted meat, allegedly farmers use this ingredient to strengthen their cattle, which is legal and common in Mexico. The Mexican pugilist was suspended for six months. Sponsors, including Under Armour, Tecate, Hennessy and Everlast, help Canelo earn seven-figures outside the ring.
In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, but his family was at the time living in San Agustín de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. At the age of five, his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlán, Jalisco. Both of Canelo’s parents are Mexican, of Spanish origin Growing up on his family’s farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today. Álvarez is the youngest of eight children, seven of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers. Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramón Álvarez, Ricardo Álvarez and former Interim WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Álvarez.
“Canelo” in Spanish is the masculine word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname for people with red hair.
What You Might Not Know About Canelo
His favorite song is Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” (He likes to train to this because of the rhythm and flow.)
In his free time, Canelo enjoys riding horses….bareback (which requires incredible balance and coordination).
In his first 13 fights as a pro, he knocked out 11 total opponents, all of whom were significantly older.
He turned pro at 15! Now 23 years of age, he holds an impressive record of (43-1-1).
His nickname “Canelo” which he is most recognized by. It means “cinnamon” in Spanish (in reference to his red hair).
Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) born 8 April 1982), often known by his nickname “GGG” or “Triple G”, is a Kazakhstani professional boxer who currently holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles; previously he held the IBF middleweight title from 2015 to 2018. As of January 2018, he is ranked as the world’s best active middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (is also currently ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring; ]second by ESPN; third by the Boxing Writers Association of America; and fourth by BoxRec] and the TBRB.
Golovkin currently holds the longest active unified championship reign, with five consecutive defenses. He won his first major world championship, the WBA interim middleweight title, by defeating Milton Núñez in 2010. After Canelo Álvarez vacated his WBC middleweight title in 2016, Golovkin was elevated to full champion and held three of the four major world titles in boxing until being stripped by the IBF in 2018.
A calculating pressure fighter, Golovkin is known for his exceptionally powerful and precise punching, balance, and methodical movement inside the ring. With a streak of 23 knockouts that spanned from 2008 to 2017, he holds the highest knockout-to-win percentage – 87.2% – in middleweight championship history. In 2016 he achieved his 17th title defense by knockout, which equaled the record set by Wilfredo Gómez in 1982. Golovkin is also said to have one of the most durable chins in modern boxing, having never been knocked down or knocked out in a total of 388 fights, 38 as a professional and 350 as an amateur.
In his amateur career, Golovkin won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2003 World Championships. He went on to represent Kazakhstan at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning a middleweight silver medal.
Gennady Golovkin was born on 8 April 1982, in the city of Karaganda in the Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (present-day Kazakhstan) to a Russian coal miner and Korean mother, who worked as an assistant in a chemical laboratory.
He has three brothers, two elder named Sergey and Vadim and a twin, Max. Sergey and Vadim had encouraged Golovkin to start boxing when Golovkin was eight years old. As a youth, Golovkin would walk the streets with them, who went around picking fights for him with grown men. When asked, “Are you afraid of him?”, Golovkin would respond “No”, and be told to fight. “My brothers, they were doing that from when I was in kindergarten,” Golovkin said. “Every day, different guys.” When Golovkin was nine years old, Golovkin’s two older brothers joined the Soviet Army. In 1990, the government had informed Golovkin’s family that Vadim was dead. In 1994, the government told Golovkin’s family that Sergey was dead.
Golovkin’s first boxing gym was in Maikuduk, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, where his first boxing coach was Victor Dmitriev, whom he regards as “very good”.
What you might not know about GGG
29 of Golovkin’s 32 pro victims fell early – including the last 19 – giving him the highest kayo percentage (90.63) of all present title holders, and the highest in the history of the 160lb division
He speaks four languages; Kazakh, Russian, German and some English
was born 34 years ago to a Russian father (coal miner) and a Korean mother (lab assistant)
Since late 2011, he has been coached by Abel Sanchez in a mountain top gym in Big Bear, California
has a twin brother Max who was a top grade amateur and now assists with his training camp and corner on fight night
His two elder brothers Vadim and Sergey were both killed in action whilst serving in the Russian army before he reached his teens.