Report: Camps for Canelo, ‘GGG’ Targeting Fall 2017 Showdown

By Mike Sloan Jun 22, 2016
The highly-anticipated boxing super fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin could become a reality sometime in 2017.

ESPN.com boxing scribe Dan Rafael reported Wednesday afternoon that the two sides have agreed to finally settle their differences at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, but they won’t get in the ring to oppose one another until the fall of 2017.

Both combatants are expected to fight “multiple” times between now and then, with Canelo aiming to fight up to two times to acclimate to 160 pounds, though he is currently a world titleholder at that weight.

A powerful Kazakhstani knockout artist, Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) is coming off a second-round drubbing of grossly overmatched Dominic Wade in April. “GGG” had been angling hard for a showdown with the Mexican superstar but negotiations have been delayed on numerous occasions. Golovkin possess two of the four major recognized titles and has no fight lined up at this time.

Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) last fought in May where he clobbered former WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion Amir Khan, scoring a highlight reel knockout in the sixth. “Canelo” has a fight slated for Sep. 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, though no opponent has been announced for the reigning WBC middleweight champ.

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