All the glitz and glam of NYC was on display as The Theater as Madison Square Garden played host to “Canelo V Golovkin: Supremacy” on Tuesday night.
Fresh off jets from London to formally announce this modern “Superfight”, Lineal and RING Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34KOs) and IBO/IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33KOs) invaded the Big Apple with a splashy and glittery extravaganza to promote their September 16 showdown in Las Vegas presented live by HBO PPV.
Clearly, Oscar De la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions spared no expense in the unveiling.
It had all the makings of a Hollywood production as Ice Cube, Hip-Hop legend/Actor, narrated a red carpet showing of the classy fight film “I Am Boxing”, fresh off the unveiling of his new star on the “Walk of Fame” in Los Angeles.
…and Golovkin appeared dapper and in elite fight condition on the carpet under flashing light bulbs.
Tickets for this event went on sale Thursday, June 22, around the same time the two fighters touched down in LA for the final stop on their two-city tour before getting in camp mode. If you're thinking about being in the building for what's sure to be a tough ticket, here's how it breaks down:
Tickets for Canelo vs. Golovkin go on sale 6/22 at 10a.m.PT/ 1:00p.m. ET. They are priced at $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700, $500 and $300, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $500 and $300 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or
Friends of NY Fights were on hand at Jimmy's on 44th and 7th to promote “I Am Boxing”, and from what I could see, fans are pumped for this match-up. I was on hand in LA to catch up with the fighters for the final promotional stop, but I can tell fellow New Yorkers that ain't going to Vegas where to watch this thing.
Besides Jimmy's, a fight dive bar with a lot of boxing character, you wanna go to Legend's (6 W 33rd st, Manhattan). Its got 3 levels, TV's everywhere and you can strike up a conversation about boxing with anyone. You'll have a great time watching this fight there. Of course, Jack Dempsey's (36 W 33rd, Manhattan) is right down the way. A total throwback in time with modern TV. Love it.
In Brooklyn, there's Mulholland's (312 Grand St.), where it feels like your watching boxing with movie gangsters. Then there's Brooklyn Taphouse (592 Myrtle Ave) in Bed-Stuy, a place where the atmosphere just doesn't offer anything but a good time.
Anyway, all this is making me miss New York even more. Catch up with you all on Friday for the LA story and why this style match-up is so damn intriguing.