De La Hoya: Canelo and Golovkin will fight at 160 pounds
We don’t know where the biggest fight in world boxing will take place, but we do know the weight limit.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that the September 16 showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will be contested at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
Alvarez will defend THE RING championship and unified titleholder Golovkin will bring his IBF, WBA and WBC belts to the table.
“Let’s just say this is a real, true middleweight fight at 160 pounds,” said De La Hoya in an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman.
“Both guys will fight in 10-ounce gloves. You know, there’s no rehydration, weight-class clause and all this B.S. and this and that. It’s a true middleweight fight at 160 pounds. And that’s it.”
Many fans were skeptical about the weight limit because Alvarez has never competed at a full 160 pounds, despite having held RING and WBC titles at middleweight.
The Mexican boxer-puncher defeated both Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan at an agreed upon catchweight of 155 pounds, before dropping down to junior middleweight to stop Liam Smith for the WBO 154-pound title last September.
On Saturday, Alvarez scored a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision over countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. That matchup was contested at 164.5 pounds to suit the naturally bigger Chavez.
Canelo-Golovkin is the most eagerly anticipated middleweight title fight in recent memory.
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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