T-Mobile Arena will officially be venue for Canelo-GGG

T-Mobile Arena will officially be venue for Canelo-GGG

Published: June 05, 2017


Las Vegas -  The long-awaited anticipation is now over, and fans have their answer as to where the super fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will be taking place. Fans got their answer earlier today when Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya went on ESPN’s Sportscenter and announced that Canelo-GGG would be held in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.

This is not a surprise to fans and pundits alike as the fight was announced at the T-Mobile Arena after Alvarez's one-sided victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.  It is rare that a huge event like Canelo-GGG is fought outside of Las Vegas. The runner-up to host the event was AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas home of the NFL team Dallas Cowboys. The owner of the stadium Jerry Jones has hosted boxing events at the arena before, but those were mid-tier fights not on the level of Canelo-GGG.

Although the T-Mobile Arena can hold more than 20,000 fans, it is a disappointment to some who saw the potential of viewing a boxing match in an arena that can fit over 100,000 fans. Last April’s bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko held over 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London, England highlighting boxing’s potential when promoted correctly.

In the end, the amount of money that can be generated by hosting the fight in Las Vegas is more than even a man as rich as Jerry Jones can offer. Canelo-GGG will be a fight that not only generates money for the T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand but Las Vegas as a whole.

“Everybody wanted this fight, Canelo will knock out GGG. Everybody wants to go to Vegas, have a great time, it’s going to be a train wreck, let me tell you. I did receive a crazy amount of money; the offers were just amazing from Madison Square Garden. I was contemplating it. Obviously, my good friend Jerry Jones wanted this fight. I talked to my great friend Magic Johnson who wanted to stage the fight at Dodger Stadium, but ultimately the entertainment factor was key. People want to go to parties after the fight. You want to stage the pre-fight parties, the weigh in.”
— Oscar De La Hoya

This will be Alvarez’s third time fighting at the T-Mobile Arena as he has fought there twice against Amir Khan and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. For Golovkin, this will be his first time fighting in Las Vegas in the biggest fight of his career. The middleweight bout will take place on September 16th and looks to be the biggest boxing event of the year. 


(Feature Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO)

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