Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KO) will defend his unified crown for the first time in a rubber match against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KO) on Sept. 17. The fight will headline a DAZN Pay-Per-View card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The two fighters first met in September 2017 in a highly-anticipated middleweight unification bout in which they fought to a controversial split draw, as many believed Golovkin deserved the nod. Then, the pair fought in a rematch a year later, this time with Canelo earning a majority decision win. While the result of the second fight was not quite as controversial, there are still many who think Golovkin may have won that one as well.
Since their last fight, Canelo and Golovkin embarked on two very different career paths. Canelo went on a seven-fight win streak, won titles at super middleweight and light heavyweight and claimed a spot at the top of many “Pound-for-Pound” lists. Meanwhile, Golovkin had won four fights against solid competition, but not the same as Canelo. He did, however, pick up two title belts along the way though.
But while Canelo rose to new heights in that stretch of time, it was not without defeat. Back in May of this year, in his most recent bout, Canelo lost a unanimous decision to WBO light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol. The loss was Canelo’s first since losing a decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.
In his most recent outing in April, Golovkin stopped Ryoto Murata in Murata’s in the ninth round to unify the IBF and WBA middleweight titles. While Murata had his moments early on, Golovkin eventually broke Murata down as the fight continued, providing a solid performance at 40 years old.
While it may not be as anticipated as the previous two fights, Canelo-Golovkin 3 is still one of the biggest fights to be made in boxing, given the name value of the two champions. Canelo will be looking to get back to his winning ways and establish himself as the winner of the trilogy. Golovkin on the other hand, will be looking to cap off his stellar career by becoming a two-division titleholder and finally earning that elusive win over his greatest rival.
Fighter’s Form (last 5 fights):
Dmitry Bivol - LOSS by UD (115-113, 115-113, 115-113) - 07/05/2022
Caleb Plant - WIN by TKO 11 - 06/11/2021
Billy Joe Saunders - WIN by TKO after 8 - 08/05/2021
Avni Yildirim - WIN by TKO after 3 - 27/02/2021
Callum Smith- WIN by UD (119-109, 119-109, 117-111) - 19/12/2020
Ryoto Murata - WIN by TKO 9 - 09/04/2022
Kamil Szeremeta - WIN by TKO after 7 - 18/12/2020
Sergiy Derevyanchenko - WIN by UD (115-112, 115-112, 114-113) - 05/10/2019
Steve Rolls - WIN by KO 4 - 08/06/2019
Canelo Alvarez - LOSS by MD (115-113, 115-113, 114-114) - 15/09/2018
Date: September 17th, 2022
Time: 2 am (GMT), 6pm (PT), 9pm (ET)
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Channel: DAZN Pay-Per-View
Elsewhere on the card
In the co-main event, WBC super flyweight titleholder Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (16-0, 11 KO) will defend his belt against Israel Gonzalez (28-4-1, 11 KO) . The card will also feature Ali Akhmedov (18-1, 14 KO) against fan-friendly veteran Gabe Rosado (34-, 21 KO).