Los Angeles - Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will
square off in their highly-anticipated rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya said on Wednesday.
"I'm happy to inform that we have a fight September
15!!!!," De La Hoya tweeted.
The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las
Vegas on May 5 before the middleweight bout was cancelled after Alvarez failed
two drugs tests.
So unified middleweight world champion Golovkin instead
fought Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in a one-sided fight that ended in less than
two rounds. Martirosyan, who hadn't fought in nearly two years, lost by
second-round knockout at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.
Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their
first meeting in September in a fight that generated 1.3 million pay-per-view
buys and a $27 million gate - the third largest in boxing history. Many thought
Golovkin won the fight but one judge scored it even and the other two were
split between giving it to Golovkin and Alvarez.
With Alvarez free to fight once his six-month suspension
ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September.
But talks stalled because Alvarez's camp were reportedly not
happy with middleweight world champion Golovkin's insistence on receiving a
50/50 split in revenues.
The announcement comes a week after De La Hoya said that the
talks for a rematch had ended and that Alvarez would likely fight Daniel Jacobs
Mexico's Alvarez, 27, resumed training recently for what
will be his first fight in almost exactly a year.
Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo! Sports on
Wednesday that he believes a rematch will generate more interest than the first
"It's a much bigger fight with all the controversy that
has gone on and no love lost between the guys," Loeffler said.
"In the first fight, it was a respectful promotion, but
in the second fight, with the positive test and the way Gennady had to scramble
to be able to fight on May 5, he is very edgy. Canelo is very edgy, so I think
that's going to get things heated up."
The final terms of the agreement or details of the purse
split were not released.