Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is set to face unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on 16 September in a dream fight following his dominant victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Alvarez, on the other hand, besides losing to Mayweather, defeated Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, Austin Trout and other very good fighters at Junior Middleweight.
And in the aftermath of the win, Alvarez's promoter Oscar de la Hoya confirmed that a bout on September 16 against Gennady Golovkin was "signed, sealed and delivered". Suggested retail pricing for the PPV event was also not available at press time. "He's never fought fighters this size, and because of that, if things pan out and I get the right shot, I think of course the knockout can happen", he said. The fight drew 20,510 to the arena, according to promotion officials.
'I feel very excited, ' said Golovkin.
It may seem like Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder would be the biggest fight in boxing, considering he sold out Wembley Stadium. Alvarez is the sport's top pay-per-view attraction, and many consider Golovkin, the reigning middleweight champion, boxing's best-pound-for-pound fighter. Right now is a different story.
"Triple G, you are next my friend", Canelo said in Spanish. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) meet in a non-title fight on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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"I never got my share of fear", said Alvarez, disputing claims he had been afraid of the unbeaten Kazakh.
Golovkin strode toward the ring, the same one he'd appeared in a year earlier after being jilted by Alvarez.
A match between Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will elevate boxing to must-watch status - lacking on the US sports landscape since Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fought two years ago.
"I wanted to box but he went to the ropes and I just needed to throw more punches".
But Golovkin "is 35 years old now, he's slidin', there's no doubt, but he's still a big and strong guy, he's a guy that's aggressive, he's a guy that will throw punches". "In September, it will be a different style - ca big drama show", Golovkin said. "This is wonderful fight for everyone".
"When you have fighters that want to make the best fights it makes the job much easier", De La Hoya said.