By Miguel Rivera
On May 6th, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) dominated his Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. over twelve rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The long awaited grudge match was held at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds.
Afterwards, Canelo announced that a deal was finalized to face IBF, WBC, WBA, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on September 16th at a venue to be determined.
While the fight will technically be Canelo's third at middleweight, it will be his first official bout at the full middleweight limit of 160-pounds. His two previous appearances at middleweight were held at the catch-weight of 155.
Eddy Reynoso, coach and manager of Canelo, revealed that the two-time world champion has already started with some light work for the fight.
For the month of June, Canelo will be training in Guadalajara, while confirming the dates of the press tour and other work related dates, and then the camp will move over to Los Angeles in July.
"We are already training, running, and we'll go to Los Angeles in the month of July. We will be there for all of July, August and from there that will take us to September," said Reynoso to ESPN Deportes.
Reynoso confirmed that this time Canelo will not prepare in San Diego as the entire team had done for their last few fights.
Canelo usually starts his camp in Guadalajara and culminates on Californian territory, only this time he will have two additional weeks of work on American soil with respect to his past preparations.
Golovkin is slated to start his training camp in July, according to head trainer Abel Sanchez. Golovkin will have 8 intense weeks of work to fine-tune the Kazakh hitter, with the first month focused heavily on strength and the second month filled with boxing and speed.