De La Hoya Explains Why Canelo-Golovkin Belonged in Vegas

By Victor Salazar

New York - It took a few years to come to fruition but what many consider to be the "best fight in boxing" will happen on September 16th, when the lineal middleweight champion of the world, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s), takes on the consensus best middleweight in the world, Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s), who holds the WBC, WBA, IBO and IBF versions of the title.

While both Canelo and Golovkin are out promoting their fight, fans throughout the world were online trying to get tickets to land their seats inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The ticket prices ranged anywhere from $300-7500. Like most big boxing events in Las Vegas, many of the tickets were unavailable and already up for sale on the secondary market. Most fans had hoped the fight would take place in Cowboys Stadium where Canelo had fought before. That stadium can hold 100,000 fans, thus making the fight more accessible to the average fan.

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However, Vegas usually wins out when it comes to securing a major fight. While the T-Mobile Arena may be a state of the art facility, it can only hold 20 percent of Cowboys Stadium's capacity.

When asked about the decision to go to Las Vegas, lead promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions felt the popular city was the perfect place for the fight.

"In order to start a wildfire for an event like Canelo-Golovkin, the ideal location is Las Vegas," De La Hoya told "There's a lot of advantages when it comes to Las Vegas from closed circuit seating to sponsorships, and most importantly fans traveling across the world want to come to Las Vegas to the Mecca of boxing."

De La Hoya firmly believes that the biggest fights belong in Las Vegas and the last half decade proves that.

"If you look at history in the last 50 years, all the big fights have been in Las Vegas because it is the mecca of boxing," explained the promoter.

De La Hoya is hopeful that when the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas, that is another avenue he can explore when staging big fights in Las Vegas.

"I'm hopeful we can explore the new Raiders Stadium when they move here," explained De La Hoya. "Canelo has fought in front of 55,000 fans in Jerry's World in Dallas. He's done well in Houston and in San Antonio. The fact that there's going to be a stadium in Vegas that can hold Canelo-mania is not only beneficial to Las Vegas but those in Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico who want to come to Sin City to watch Canelo fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by p4ptbe on 07-07-2017

[quote=bigstomps;17838202]i guess we'll find out soon enough...[/quote] im waiting for the jacobs fight info and tank davis fight info on aug 26th most! Mikey vs broner and crawford vs indongo all have stacked cards!

Comment by BigStomps on 07-07-2017

[QUOTE=p4ptbe;17837581]i agree but i think rosado said on esnews that he might rematch j leon love on floyds undercard in august! I saw the video 2 days ago! So curtis stevens is out because of the ko by david, lemeiux…

Comment by p4ptbe on 07-07-2017

[quote=bigstomps;17837574]well i won't be happy about it if it's chavez. Honestly, i rather have jacobs vs rosado if that's the case. Even tho rosado has lost his last two fights he always gives it his all not like that punk…

Comment by BigStomps on 07-07-2017

[QUOTE=p4ptbe;17837532]yeah but that ggg fight was probably hard on his body man! His face was messed up after the fight! Nothing wrong with taking a tune up then fighting charlo or canelo or lemieux in 2018! I dont want him…

Comment by p4ptbe on 07-07-2017

[quote=bigstomps;17837129]fvck that's worse than johnson. Jacobs is hot right now so he needs someone more legit than that clown chavez[/quote] yeah but that ggg fight was probably hard on his body man! His face was messed up after the fight!…

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