Boxing: Golovkin-Alvarez rematch set for May 5

The previous fight between Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept 16 ended in a controversial draw when they each got the nod from one judge, while the third declared it a draw. PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

(REUTERS, AFP) - A hotly anticipated rematch between middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will be held on May 5 at a location yet to be determined, fight promoters said on Monday (Jan 29).

Their previous fight on Sept 16 in Las Vegas ended in a controversial draw when Kazakhstan's Golovkin and Mexico's Alvarez each got the nod from one judge, while the third declared it a draw.

"Golovkin, this time you won't need the judges. I'm going to knock you out," Alvarez said in Spanish in an online promotion of the fight.

Golovkin, who holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO belts, is unbeaten with a 37-0-1 record while Alvarez is 49-1-2, with his only loss coming against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

"This time we won't need the judges," said an equally confident Golovkin, who is also nicknamed "Triple G".

"This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves," he added. "I didn't agree with some of the judges' decisions in the first fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring as the middleweight champion of the world."

Alvarez, a 27-year-old from Guadalajara, captured two world super welterweight crowns and moved up to become a champion in the 160lb (72.57kg) middleweight division by beating Miguel Cotto in 2015.

"I'm delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history," he said. "This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best."

Golovkin, 35, dominated as an amateur and took Olympic silver in Athens in 2004 before turning professional in 2006. He had a 23-fight knockout streak that ended last March with a unanimous decision win over Danny Jacobs.

"I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again," the Kazakh said.

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