Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have confirmed that they may lastly settle their long-standing rivalry in a trilogy bout on 17 September.
Canelo suffered simply the second defeat of his skilled profession when he stepped as much as mild heavyweight to problem Dmitry Bivol earlier this month.
The Mexican mentioned he would pursue a direct rematch within the ring afterwards however has since determined to press forward with plans to face Golovkin, who returned from a 16-month lay-off when he knocked out Ryota Murata in Japan final month.
Canelo and Golovkin first fought in September 2017 when a pulsating bout was controversially dominated a draw, regardless of many believing the Kazakh had accomplished sufficient to win.
They met once more a yr later with Canelo clinching a disputed majority choice which noticed him win three of the 4 recognised middleweight titles and inflict the primary defeat of Golovkin’s profession.
There had been loads of clamour afterwards for a 3rd combat between the pair however Canelo insisted the chapter had been closed and as a substitute stepped as much as the tremendous middleweight division, starting the marketing campaign that noticed him topped undisputed champion at 168lbs final yr.
Golovkin turned 40 in April and could have fought simply 4 occasions within the final 4 years when he enters the ring in September, with a location but to be introduced for the bout.
A deal to combat Golovkin had already been agreed forward of Canelo’s bout with Bivol and the 31-year-old insisted he nonetheless plans on rematching the Russian afterwards.
“Sadly, we misplaced, however that doesn’t imply I’m not going to attempt once more,” Canelo mentioned just lately. “The vital factor right here is perseverance and we’re going to do it once more.
“I believe these are the 2 greatest fights in boxing, the combat with Golovkin and the rematch with Bivol.”