Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin are set to meet again in an eagerly-awaited 5 May rematch. The announcement was made by actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson in a video released by the US pay-per-view network Home Box Office.
The middleweight stars fought a hugely controversial draw in their first meeting last September. Judge Adelaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 in favour of Alvarez, a verdict which drew widespread condemnation and led to Byrd being stood down from major fights. The other two judges, Dave Moretti and Don Trella, scored 115-113 in favour of Golovkin and a 114-114 draw respectively.
Golovkin, who suffered the only blot on his 38-fight professional record as a result of the verdict, said he is looking forward to the rematch. “I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again,” Golovkin said. “This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves. I didn’t agree with some of the judges’ decisions in the first fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring as the middleweight champion of the world.”
Álvarez was similarly bullish. “I’m delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history,” Álvarez said. “This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best. This time, Golovkin won’t have any excuses regarding the judges because I’m coming to knock him out.”
Although a venue is yet to be confirmed, New York’s Madison Square Garden, Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium are believed to be in the running. The September bout drew a record gate of $27.1m for an indoor Vegas fight.
Source: The Guradian