Gennady Golovkin agreed to fight Billy Joe Saunders in August


Gennady Golovkin agreed to fight Billy Joe Saunders in August

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will meet on September 15 for the rematch boxing fans have been waiting on for the past year, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya. "Biggest Fight of the Year!" Golovkin and Alvarez met last September at the T-Mobile Arena, the same site where the rematch will take place, and fought to a heavily disputed draw that most thought Golovkin won.

There was no word on Wednesday about the details of the agreement or even if a contract has been signed.

If the former WBA world middleweight champion doesn't fight Alvarez next, Jacobs is expected to box Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight title at some point in October.

As it turned out, while De La Hoya was on the phone talking to ESPN, what was termed as a "Hail Mary" idea to save the fight was being discussed between Golden Boy president Eric Gomez and others involved in the fight and then communicated to Golovkin's team.

Good times for boxing fans, the sport and everyone else who has a passing interest in seeing two of the best fighters in the world throw down.

De La Hoya, who claimed Wednesday afternoon that Golovkin balked at their last offer and the fight was off, would announce the rematch on his Twitter account.

While the proposition of a rematch was floated immediately after the conclusion of that initial fight, a number of issues delayed the second meeting - most notably, Alvarez testing positive for a banned substance in March.