Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Golovin: Official date set for trilogy fight between bitter rivals

There is no need to delay things further, as a trilogy fight for the ages is now official.

It was announced that Canelo Alvarez will officially face off against Gennadiy Golovkin on September 17. On the line will be Canelo’s WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring super-middleweight titles. A location for the fight has not been announced yet. It will air on DAZN pay-per-view, the second Canelo fight this year to do so.

“The Canelo vs. GGG trilogy is the biggest fight in boxing and I am delighted to get this made for September 17,” said Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn. “These are two men that bitterly dislike each other and want to end this incredible series with a blistering KO. “I truly believe this will be the most thrilling fight between these two great champions and it will be fireworks from the first bell to the last man standing.”

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Canelo made his pro debut in 2005. A four-division champion, Canelo has beaten a who’s who of fighters, including Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez, Miguel Cotto, and Amir Khan. After losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, Canelo has gone 15-1-1. Canelo unified the super-middleweight division in just 11 months. His last win was over IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant last November.

In May, Canelo competed for a light-heavyweight title for just the second time in his career. Facing Dmitry Bivol, Canelo lost via unanimous decision.

“I feel very happy and proud to be able to give the best fights and this fight won’t be an exception,” Canelo stated.

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A 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Golovkin made his pro debut in 2006. Golovkin became WBA (first interim, then official) middleweight champion in 2010 and IBO champion in 2011. The king of the middleweights beat the likes of David Lemieux, Kell Brook, and Daniel Jacobs before facing Canelo.

Since 2019, Golovkin has won four in a row. He won the IBF and IBO middleweight titles against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2019. After two years away from the ring, Golovkin fought Ryota Murata in April. Golovkin won via TKO in the ninth round to win the WBA (Super) middleweight title.

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“I hope to see you on September 17,” Golovkin simply stated.

This fight is years in the making. Canelo and Golovkin two first fought in 2017, with the bout ending in a controversial split decision draw. They competed in a rematch in 2018, which was delayed by a few months after Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Canelo won via majority decision. A trilogy fight was always discussed but never materialized, even after Canelo and Golovkin signed with DAZN.

Canelo would later sign a two-fight deal with DAZN and Matchroom to fight Bivol and Golovkin. After Bivol beat him, Canelo was going to request a rematch. The trilogy fight ended up getting booked instead. This will be Golovkin’s first appearance at super-middleweight.