HBO Sports’ groundbreaking 24/7 reality franchise, which has captured 18 Sports Emmy Awards, will return for its 23rd multi-part boxing installment with 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. The two-part behind-the-scenes series follows two elite fighters -- Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin -- as they prepare for their middleweight championship megafight title showdown Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
24/7 Canelo/Golovkin debuts Saturday, August, 26 (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), immediately following the previously announced World Championship Boxing doubleheader, featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai, that begins at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
The show will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.
“The boxing world has eagerly anticipated this middleweight showdown between two of the best fighters and biggest stars in the sport,” said Bernstein. “We now get to present them and their preparations for this long-awaited encounter in the ring.”
Episode two of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin debuts one week before the high-stakes bout, on Saturday, Sept. 9 (1:00-1:30 a.m. ET/PT), immediately following the “HBO Boxing After Dark” tripleheader, featuring Sor Rungvisai vs. Chocolatito, that begins at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
24/7 Canelo/Golovkin will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews, as the fighters gear up in Southern California for their Las Vegas collision in the ring. Both men rank high on many pound-for-pound lists and have been dominant in the middleweight division.
Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is again holding camp with renowned trainer Eddy Reynoso. The 27-year-old phenom is coming off a dominant victory over fellow countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May and is on a seven-bout winning streak that has reinforced his elite standing in the middleweight ranks. His drawing power as the sport’s top pay-per-view attraction has been demonstrated both at the box office and in pay-per-view performance.
Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, now living in Los Angeles, is training with the acclaimed Abel Sanchez. The undefeated 35-year-old has compiled an extraordinary knockout-to-win ratio of 89%, while only three of his fights have gone past the eighth round and only one has lasted the full 12 rounds. Golovkin’s dramatic ring style has transformed him into one of the sport’s brightest stars in a few short years and he has sold out arenas from New York to California.
Canelo’s fourth 24/7 appearance and Golovkin’s second, 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin is the latest installment of the acclaimed franchise that began in 2007. Among the most-honored sports series on TV, it was called “a masterfully entertaining reality show” by ESPN The Magazine.
Canelo vs. Golovkin will take place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.