Gennadiy Golovkin can now finally forward to that trilogy showdown with P4P king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in his next fight after their long-awaited third meeting was officially confirmed.
It had looked like the dream was over (for now) for GGG when Alvarez suffered a stunning upset loss to Dmitry Bivol at light-heavyweight on May 7.
All Canelo needed to do to make their date later this year a reality was overcome WBA light-heavyweight king Bivol in Las Vegas Saturday night. Only he did not, losing a (baffling) close decision 115-113 on all three cards.
In the immediate aftermath of that defeat, Canelo talked about a rematch straight away with Bivol, veering away from the planned September 17 trilogy with Golovkin.
This week though Alvarez announced that his next fight will “surely be against Golovkin” and that a Bivol rematch will have to wait for a little while.
‘GGG’ had kept up his side of the bargain by adding Ryoto Murata’s WBA strap to his IBF middleweight belt in April by coming on strong after a slow start for a ninth-round TKO of the tough home fighter in Saitama, Japan.
Now Canelo vs GGG 3 is finally on for real after the official announcement came on May 24.
GGG next fight: Who will it be?
At last, after four years of waiting, we can say with certainty that GGG will finally face Canelo for a third time in his next fight. Bring it on, fight fans…
Fight Time, TV & Live Stream
Okay so the date is set for that long-awaited third meeting with Canelo. They pair will lock horns on Saturday September 17, 2022. Mexican Independence Weekend – a date when Mexican megastars have always come out to fight.
T-Mobile Arena or the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada will likely stage the bout and ring walks for the main event will be around 11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific.
DAZN has the rights to stream the bout and it will be on the new DAZN PPV platform. Canelo vs Bivol in May retailed at $59.99 if were already a subscriber, or $79.99 if not.
Subscription packages (the PPV fee is addition) are either $19.99 per month or $149.99 for a year.
GGG Record & Profile
Gennadiy Golovkin was born on April 8, 1982, in Kazakhstan, and he turned 40 years of age in April 2022 – the day before that showdown with Murata in Japan.
The long-time middleweight ruler has a 42-1-1 record in the pros – 42 wins, one defeat and one draw. Both those blemishes came in his two meetings with Canelo – back in 2017 and 2018. Both times GGG and his fans were furious after being on the short end of hotly-disputed decisions. A draw in 2017 and a loss in 2018.
Outside of that, Golovkin has had a terrific career at the very highest level – he matches underrated boxing smarts and ring savvy with frightening power. As one opponent put it: “Some fighters, the occasional punch feels like a hammer. Every single punch from GGG feels like that”. Ouch.
As well as longevity, GGG has lived almost exclusively at the very highest level. He holds the record number of successful middleweight title defenses – currently 21 and potentially 22 after the showdown with Murata.
A look at Golovkin’s record and he has some terrific names on there, including Daniel Jacobs, Kell Brook and David Lemieux among many others.
If there is a question mark about Golovkin right now, it’s what he has left. Like we already said, he’s only fought once in the past two years, and he turned 40 the day before he faced Murata.
Alvarez has been smart not giving GGG the trilogy fight straight away. It will be four years since their last meeting when they do finally lock horns for a third time. Canelo is at least somewhere near to the peak of his powers, Golovkin we just don’t know. One fight in the last two years means for now the jury is out.