De La Hoya Sure Canelo-Golovkin Rematch Will End in Knockout

By Keith Idec

Oscar De La Hoya is confident we’re not headed toward another controversial conclusion May 5 in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez’s promoter is certain that the middleweight championship rematch between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will end in a knockout. Their first fight resulted in a dubious draw September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the same site where their rematch will take place.

“It’s gonna be fireworks,” De La Hoya said during an ESPN2 telecast Thursday night that featured featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr.’s third-round stoppage of Victor Terrazas. “There will be a knockout. I can’t guarantee it, but I’m sure there will be a knockout.”

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Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) showed sturdy chins throughout their first fight, in which neither fighter appeared to badly hurt his opponent.

The questionable result of their HBO Pay-Per-View event was widely criticized because Golovkin appeared to do enough to beat Alvarez in their competitive 12-round fight.

Only one judge scored their fight for Golovkin, though. Dave Moretti, who gave Golovkin a 115-113 win, was overruled by Don Trella (114-114) and Adalaide Byrd, whose 118-110 score for Alvarez is commonly considered one of the worst submissions in recent boxing history.

De La Hoya believes their draw has caused some bad blood between Alvarez, 27, and Golovkin, 35, that didn’t exist before their first fight.

 “Well, you know what I like is that both guys don’t like each other now,” De La Hoya said. “Both guys have this animosity because both guys thought they won the fight. So they’re knockout artists. What more do you want? Cinco de Mayo is gonna be electrifying.”

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday night at Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to officially kick off the promotion of the Alvarez-Golovkin rematch. Tickets, priced from $300 to $5,000, also will go on sale Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (888-929-7849;

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=Gillie;18512312]I think that 'Nelo wins but more like and MD or a UD. I would be really surprised if this was close enough to be a SD. I just think that Canelo will open up more and probably be comfortably…

Comment by sterilizer on 02-24-2018

Well, Canelo couldn't even KD a drained Chavez Jr., a tiny Cotto, a cowardly Lara, a punching-bag Angulo, an old Mosley and of course Mayweather Jr., so how can he KO a granite-chinned GGG who already proved he can take…

Comment by McManus on 02-24-2018

KO/TKO is very unlikely in a rematch.

Comment by Graz on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18512125]Why does every promoter say the fight will end in a KO?[/QUOTE] Boxing Promotion 101. They all took the same class in “BS Promotion School.” :)

Comment by No punch power on 02-24-2018

My boy Canelo is going to walk through the feather fisted Golovkin's punches this time and put that Kazakh feather fist to sleep. Last time, he had a hand injury which is why Canelo Alvarez couldn't inflict as much damage…

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