The sport's biggest star will face his all-time rival in his next fight.
Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) announced Monday that he plans on defending his undisputed super middleweight world titles against Gennadiy Golovkin on September 17. If successful, Alvarez will exercise his contractual right to a rematch against Dmitry Bivol, who soundly outpointed him for the WBA 175-pound world title on May 7 in Las Vegas.
“In the next few days, we will announce the September fight,” Alvarez stated. “Surely, it will be against GGG because we already had that agreement, but I will also fight [Dmitry] Bivol again [after that].”
🥊 Canelo Álvarez da pistas sobre su futuro y parece que tendremos la tercer pelea contra Gennady Golovkin en septiembre.
👀 Ojo con lo que comentó sobre Bivol.
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Canelo-GGG III suddenly carries more interest after the Mexican superstar was dominated and upset by Bivol.
Kazakhstan's Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) defeated Japan's Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) in April's middleweight title unification fight by ninth-round TKO. The bout was Golovkin's first since December 2020, when he stopped IBF mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta in seven rounds in Hollywood, Florida.
Alvarez, a former four-division champion, and Golovkin, a longtime middleweight titleholder, agreed to the deal in February, contingent on victories from both fighters in their previous bouts. Albeit a loss should have derailed these plans, Alvarez has given the green light to challenge his arch-nemesis once again, exemplifying once again that he is the cash cow of boxing.
Golovkin, who has never competed above the 160-pound weight limit, will move up to super-middleweight for a third and likely final crack at Alvarez. Their September 2017 bout was ruled a highly controversial split draw that a majority of ringside observers saw Golovkin winning. Originally tabbed for May 2018, the rematch was postponed after Alvarez twice tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Although Canelo insisted the adverse finding was the result of tainted meat consumed in Guadalajara, Golovkin labeled him a cheat.
In September, after a six-month suspension, Alvarez outpointed Golovkin via majority decision in a fight-of-the-year contender.
Four years later, Alvarez, 31, and Golovkin, 40, two future Hall of Famers, are set for one last duel.