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.
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 BoxingScene.com. "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."