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Canelo to face GGG in September

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two boxers will fight on September 16. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP):

Minutes after turning what was touted as a big fight into a glorified sparring session, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez invited his next opponent into the ring.

About 90 minutes later, Alvarez had already changed into a suit and tie to pose for the first stare down with Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin.

At long last, Alvarez is ready to give boxing fans what they want. The two will square off on September 16, Mexican Independence Day.

"I'm very happy that this fight is finally here," Alvarez said through an interpreter, "the one that a lot of you said would never be made."

Alvarez, who had been fighting at light middleweight, had been accused of ducking the heavier Golovkin for a year. But after pummelling countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday night, Mexico's top fighter is eager for the long overdue mega fight to determine the middleweight champion.

"For us, this is the biggest fight in boxing," Golovkin said.

The Kazakhstan native owns the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles. Alvarez had to relinquish his WBC belt to Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) last year when he declined a mandatory challenge.

GOING TO HAPPEN

"I've always stated that Triple G will happen in 2017," said Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez's promoter. "Everybody was saying, 'Why are you afraid of Triple G? Why is this not going to happen?' I told everybody it's going to happen in September, and we're extremely proud and happy that this fight is going to take place."

Still to be determined is the venue, and De La Hoya insisted it could be "anywhere in the world." One possibility is AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which would allow for a crowd upwards of 100,000. The Dallas Cowboys play away from home that weekend, making it an option.