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Venues lock horns for Alvarez-Golovkin rematch

A date for the rematch of the middleweight boxing clash between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has been announced, with Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena and New York City’s Madison Square Garden now set to battle it out for hosting rights to the highly-anticipated event.

The pair met at T-Mobile Arena, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip, back in September. That fight ended in a draw, and a rematch date has now been set for May 5. Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, will put his WBA, WBC and IBF titles on the line once more against Alvarez, who is from Mexico.

Both Madison Square Garden and T-Mobile Arena are keen on staging the rematch. “The Garden is synonymous with the biggest and best events in sports and entertainment and the Golovkin-Alvarez fight certainly fits into this category,” MSG’s executive vice-president for marquee events, Joel Fisher, said, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Golovkin has won five bouts at MSG since 2013, but Alvarez has never fought at the venue. Alvarez has fought at T-Mobile Arena three times since it opened in 2016. T-Mobile Arena was also the venue for last year’s ‘superfight’ between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.

According to the Times, Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler said that MSG has submitted an offer to host the event that was “more lucrative” than T-Mobile Arena’s bid to stage the initial fight.

T-Mobile Arena was selected to host the first Alvarez-Golovkin fight amid reported interest from Madison Square Garden, London’s Wembley Stadium, Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium, and Texas’ AT&T Stadium.

MSG is home to NHL ice hockey team the New York Rangers and NBA basketball franchise the New York Knicks, and has hosted a range of high-profile music events in the past, including this year’s Grammy Awards. T-Mobile Arena is home to newly-formed NHL team the Vegas Golden Knights.

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