September 17 marks the Next Fight for Canelo at MGM Grand, Las Vegas

  • September 17 marks the Next Fight for Canelo at MGM Grand, Las Vegas

September 17 marks the Next Fight for Canelo at MGM Grand, Las Vegas

The long-awaited fight that will feature Saul Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) is scheduled to take place on September 17. The bout will be held in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, which could either improve or reduce Canelo’s odds for boxing. As stated by Dan Rafael, Canelo’s promoters have already requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission to promote the fight.

The 25-year-old Mexican Boxer will have his opponent chosen from the list including, David Lemieux, Shawn Porter, Liam Smith, Gennady Golovkin, and Billy Joe Saunders, according to the Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions, Eric Gomez. The most interesting thing about this list is that it contains very few junior middleweight boxers.

Canelo should look forward to fighting a junior middleweight opponent instead of adding middleweight and welterweight fighters in his list. Furthermore, Dan Rafael tweeted that Golden Boy Boxing has already requested NSAC to promote the September 17 bout.

Oscar De La Hoya, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions articulated that the Mexican boxing star decided to give up his WBC middleweight title since they are avoiding negotiating with Golovkin for a fight that WBC might put stringent deadlines. However, no negotiations have come up since Canelo vacated the title. The looming matter is whether Golden Boy will revive negotiations with Golovkin or they will fulfill fan’s hopes of having Canelo to fight against Liam Smith, the WBO junior middleweight titleholder, or David Lemieux of Golden Boy.

For the September 17 bout to be worth pay-per-view, Canelo should fight Lemieux because the bout will occur on the holiday weekend of Mexican Independence Day on HBO. Even though Golden Boy has not declared the fight as PPV, it is most likely to do so because of the national holiday in Mexico. Furthermore, if the Mexican Boxer fails to fight GGG on that day, then fighting David Lemieux will make the bout worthy of PPV. Canelo will not have the chance to fight Daniel Jacobs, the WBA middleweight champion, because the latter already has a scheduled fight against Sergio Mora. Furthermore, Liam Smith is out of the topic because he is not well known to fight on HBO PPV.

Having Canelo to fight Smith in PPV would go down as the worst bout for Canelo at Golden Boy. Still, Golden Boy could take advantage of the fighters that UK PPV would bring in. Regrettably, the UK does not see Liam Smith as huge star; therefore, he is not a viable opponent against Canelo.

Fighting Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO middleweight titleholder, could be an easy win for Canelo on paper. Winning over Saunders could bring in more returns from the UK because Saunders has a respectable following in the UK. Moreover, winning the WBO 160lb bout could mean that Canelo would not sweat having a bout against Golovkin in the near future since Canelo would remain in the higher ranks to force a bout between them. Nevertheless, fans will still put the two stars under pressure to go head-to-head. Canelo can easily dodge the Kazakhstan star if he clinches the WBO welterweight title by arguing that Golovkin has not proved his middleweight prowess.

Canelo’s HBO fights against Amir Khan and Miguel Cotto saw him add some weight before the bouts. Therefore, fans can now guess that Canelo rehydrates between 170 and 180 pounds even though it is difficult to know his exact weight now. Even though Canelo and his Golden Boy promoters are not in a hurry to fix a fight with Golovkin, many fans will be disappointed if the two stars do not fight on September 17.