Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin will meet this September 15 in the long-awaited rematch of last September’s controversial draw.
The return bout will probably see Golovkin enter the ring as the betting favorite, although it would be wise to check odds at William Hill, using the William Hill promo code, before investing any money into an online bet.
This battle for Golovkin’s WBC and WBA middleweight titles very nearly didn’t get made and it took a last minute offer from Alvarez’s promoter Golden Boy to make it happen.
The defending middleweight titlist received the short end of a 70-30 purse split for their first bout. He then negotiated himself up to a 35% take for the rematch. However, following news of Alvarez’s two failed drug tests for the banned substance clenbuterol and the controversy surrounding whether the scheduled May 5 rematch would or would not happen, Golden Boy sweetened Golovkin’s take to 40%.
Alvarez would subsequently pull out of the May 5 bout, in anticipation of a Nevada State Athletic Commission suspension, and leave Golovkin looking for a last minute substitute.
From that point forward, Golovkin had insisted on a hard 50-50 split or he would not sign up for the rematch. Golden Boy stood their ground for awhile and then began pursuing other opposition for their star fighter. Golovkin relented a bit and lowered the 50-50 demand to a 55-45 split in Canelo’s favor. Golden Boy didn’t budge for days.
Eventually, it was Golden Boy’s 57.5-42.5 counter offer that apparently did the trick. Despite some early reports that Golovkin had declined that offer, the news soon spread that both fighters were finally onboard.
The Kazakhstan native, Golovkin, brings his utter middleweight dominance to the ring with him– an excellence on par with Brazil’s proficiency in World Cup soccer. Mexico’s Alvarez, meanwhile, brings a similar proficiency with him, with skills built from a world class roster of past opposition
The September 15 clash should pick up right where their first bout left off. Alvarez will look to box, Golovkin will look to slug. It should be an entertaining back and forth affair with the world watching and the middleweight crown up for grabs.