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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Oscar De La Hoya confirms Alvarez-Golovkin rematch in September

'Canelo's' can return to ring from six-month suspension for a doping violation on August 17

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will face Gennady Golovkin in a rematch on September 15, according to his Golden Boy promotoer Oscar De La Hoya. John Locher / AP Photo
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will face Gennady Golovkin in a rematch on September 15, according to his Golden Boy promotoer Oscar De La Hoya. John Locher / AP Photo

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will face Kazakhstan's world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in a rematch on September 15, the Mexican boxer's promoter Oscar De La Hoya has said.

The duo could not be separated after last year's bout at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, allowing Golovkin to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts.

"I'm happy to inform that we have a fight September 15," De La Hoya wrote on Twitter.

A rematch scheduled for May 5 was cancelled after Alvarez failed a drug test for banned substance clenbuterol.

The 27-year-old Mexican has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but will be allowed to return to the ring from August 17.

The IBF stripped knock-out specialist Golovkin of his middleweight title after he failed to set up a mandatory defence against Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko.