Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez II Set For Sept. 15

Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez II Set For Sept. 15

Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Alvarez are done waiting around for unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin to finalize a deal for their rematch.

Oscar De La Hoya announced the rematch on Twitter on Wednesday: "I'm happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!"

According to ESPN, Golden Boy's final offer was a split of 57.5 percent to 42.5 percent in Mr. Alvarez's favor. Negotiations still were ongoing.

The terms were not immediately revealed, but it's safe to say the fight will be lucrative for both sides.

One of boxing's biggest match-ups is back on.

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That declaration from De La Hoya got Golovkin to lower his demands to 55-45, but Golden Boy would not give him that much, instead agreeing to split the difference at 57½-42½. The Golden Boy chief executive told ESPN that "100 percent there is no fight". "Clearly the only person here who doesn't want the fight is GGG".

The pair's first bout last September ended in a controversial draw, with judge Adalaide Byrd's scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Alvarez widely ridiculed. If Jacobs doesn't fight Alvarez and a deal can't be made for a Derevyanchenko-Jacobs bout within 30 days of the IBF's order Monday, Derevyanchenko-Jacobs would go to purse bid.

Weeks later, Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) had a change of heart and insisted on redoing the deal on a 50-50 split.

At the time of writing, no other details are known about the contest other than that it will garner massive mainstream attention and hopefully put a full stop on the argument about who is the superior fighter. We bent over backwards. We were going to proceed with a Billy Joe Saunders fight. Although most people think Golovkin should have been given the decision in their first matchup, the fact that slick boxers tend to win rematches over power punchers and that Golovkin gets further from his prime with every passing day, make this fight very intriguing.

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