Canelo-GGG 2 will have NO press tour for May 5th rematch
By Jeff Aranow: The May 5th rematch for Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin won’t have a press tour like the previous fight between the 2 middleweight stars last September. Instead of having a press tour, Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 will have one media day that will be taking place next week on Tuesday, February 27th at Microsoft Square in Los Angeles, California.
That’s when and where the Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 rematch will be officially announced for May 5th on HBO PPV. The Canelo-GGG media day is open to the public on February 27th. The doors open at 3:30 p.m. PT and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Press tours cost a lot of money, and it’s believed that the boxing public already is well aware of the Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 fight due to the amount of hype from their previous fight on September 16 on HBO pay-per-view.
Like in the first fight, Canelo and Golovkin will be fighting at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was agreed both the management of both fighters that this was the ideal venue for the rematch to take place.
Canelo (49-1-2, 34 KOs) will be looking to unseat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) to take his place at the best fighter in the 160 lb. weight class. Golovkin will be trying to capture Canelo’s Ring Magazine middleweight title that he’s had since his win over former WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in 2015.
Canelo failed to accomplish that goal in their first fight last September on HBO pay-per-view. The contest was scored a 12 round draw. The boxing fans strongly had their own beliefs about who deserved the win in the fight. Some fans felt Canelo had done enough to deserve a win, but mostly the overwhelming majority felt that Golovkin should have been given the decision.
What’s interesting though is that many of those fans that believed Golovkin should have gotten the win, they feel that Canelo is going to win the rematch. They think he now knows how to beat Golovkin due to the way that he finished strong in the last couple of rounds.
“The last time they met in the ring, the tie went to the runner — Canelo Alvarez,” said Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. “I think there is only one place to settle this dispute between the two best middleweights. The most appropriate place for the rematch is back at T-Mobile Arena. The venue was a sensational host to Team Golovkin and the fans were terrific. We’ll see if T-Mobile Arena remains Canelo’s favorite venue after he becomes Gennady’s twentieth and record-tying title defense.”
Canelo must change the way he fights for him to beat Golovkin and not be viewed by the fans being given preferential treatment once again by the judges. The boxing public largely saw Canelo being given a draw last September because of him being the more popular fighter than Triple G rather than him deserving the draw.