Dallas Venue Makes Sense For Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Fight?
The much anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is shaping up to be the biggest boxing event for 2017. But instead of the usual glitz in Las Vegas, however, why not go a little bit further to the south?
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones proposed that the fight should be held in AT&T Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 80,000. The venue itself can hold a maximum of 105,000 standing room only.
"The idea of Canelo and GGG fighting before 100,000 screaming Hispanic Mexican fans is exciting," he told ESPN. "One of the neatest things that happens to me, is when we have big fights at AT&T Stadium, the list of messages and letters that I get back from our Hispanic fan base is endless."
Jones said that they intend to bid for the fight between Alvarez and Golovkin to be held in the stadium. He said their edge is the proximity to Mexico. In fact, more than 1,500 season ticket holders for the Dallas Cowboys are from Monterrey in Mexico (about an eight-hour drive). "We're very much in the hunt, because of the great interest in boxing in this history," he added.
For now, however, there's no venue yet for the Alvarez vs Golovkin fight, but the date has already been confirmed for Sept. 16, 2017. Alvarez would have the advantage here since he already fought several times in Texas. In fact, he won his WBO middleweight belt in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX when he fought British boxer Liam Smith in September last year.
The Mexican also won the WBA light middleweight title on April 20, 2013 when he fought Austin Trout in the Alamodome, San Antonio. And finally, he knocked out James Kirkland in the third in Houston, TX. Golovkin, meanwhile, has never fought in the Lone Star State.
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