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Canelo vs Golovkin II: Las Vegas to host rematch

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will return to the same arena for their second bout.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

As most of us expected, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are headed back to Las Vegas for their May 5 HBO pay-per-view rematch, and more specifically, are going back to T-Mobile Arena, where their September 16 draw took place.

Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO) and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO) will duke it out once again, with Golovkin’s WBC, IBF, and WBA middleweight titles at stake.

“I am happy to return for the fourth time at T-Mobile Arena for this historic rematch against Golovkin,” said Alvarez. “I opened the doors of this place to the world of boxing, and it has become my favorite venue. This is where the fight started, and this is where I’ll end it by doing what I and my fans most desire: knocking him out.”

“It feels right that the rematch returns to the scene of the crime,” said Golovkin. “This time there will be no drama with a decision. I won the first fight and left the ring as world champion wearing all the belts. And I am going to win the second fight. It is going to be a record fight and a golden night for me and boxing at T-Mobile Arena.”

Previous reports indicated that New York’s famed Madison Square Garden was also making a strong push to host the rematch, but Las Vegas was always the clear frontrunner, as it is for every fight of this magnitude.

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