The long-anticipated fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez finally has a new home.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who represents Canelo, appeared on SportsCenter and said the fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
“Keep in mind, everybody wanted this fight, and I nailed it down. It’s the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Everybody who wants to go to Vegas, have a great time. Watch a great fight with Triple G and Canelo. I mean it's going to be a train wreck, let me tell you... I did receive a crazy amount of money. The offers were just amazing from Madison Square Garden. I was contemplating it. Obviously, my good friend Jerry Jones who wanted this fight. I talked to my great friend Magic Johnson, who wanted to stage the fight at Dodger Stadium, but ultimately the entertainment factor [was key]. People want to go to parties after the fight. You want to stage the pre-fight parties, the weigh-in. I’m going to open up 12, 15 venus for people to watch the fight,” De La Hoya said.
As De La Hoya mentioned, numerous other venues have been considered. As Fightful previously reported, it all came down to either T-Mobile Arena or AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as potential venues for the fight.
Aside from T-Mobile Arena being home to recent UFC cards held in Las Vegas, the venue was also home to Canelo’s most recent win, a unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. back on May 6.
Golovkin vs. Canelo will be for Golovkin’s unified middleweight world titles and will be held on HBO pay-per-view on September 16.
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