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Full coverage: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez II

Gennady Golovkin's fight with Canelo Alvarez in 2017 ended in a controversial split draw. AP Photo/John Locher

Unified middleweight world titleholder Gennady Golovkin will defend his belts against former champion Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, Sept. 15, in a rematch of last September's controversial split draw.

Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) has 20 straight defenses in the division and is tied with Bernard Hopkins for the record. Hopkins made 20 middleweight title defenses between 1994 and 2005.

Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), now campaigning as a full-fledged 160-pound middleweight, hasn't lost a fight since dropping a majority decision against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

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In an interview with ESPN, Canelo Alvarez denied using any drugs to enhance his performance but said it was "my mistake" for not knowing more about the risks of eating meat in his native Mexico, which he asserts caused two positive tests for clenbuterol. -- Ramona Shelburne

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Alvarez says not knowing beef risks is his own mistake

Canelo Alvarez owns up saying, "I don't want to get anyone else involved. This was my mistake for not reading up on the risks."

GGG on negotiations for Canelo rematch
Gennady Golovkin expects to see a different version of Canelo Alvarez and discusses willing to walk away from the rematch if the deal isn't right.

GGG's promoter calls Canelo 'too big not to happen'
Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, and trainer, Abel Sanchez, discuss the first fight against Canelo Alvarez and the recent negotiations.

Canelo, GGG eschew face-to-face to sell rematch
The promotional tour for the rescheduled rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin got off to a subdued start as the two have no plans to meet face-to-face before fight week in September. -- Dan Rafael

Canelo's transformation to full middleweight
Take a look at how Canelo Alvarez has bulked up to 160 pounds over the past few years in order to face champion Gennady Golovkin, whom he will fight on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Las Vegas. -- Andres Ferrari

No faceoff for GGG, Canelo until fight week
In an unusual move, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez won't see each other face-to-face until the final prefight news conference during the week of their hyped Sept. 15 rematch. -- Dan Rafael

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GGG: Canelo bout about 'principle,' not money
Gennady Golovkin said Monday he is happy with the pay arrangement for his September rematch against Canelo Alvarez, but added that the bout was more about "the principle of the matter" than the money. -- Dan Rafael

GGG, Alvarez finalize deal for Sept. 15 rematch
After missing an initial deadline, promoters for Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez worked a little overtime to finalize their rematch. -- Dan Rafael

GGG, Alvarez still talking after deadline passes
Promoters for Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez continue to negotiate despite Wednesday's noon PT deadline having passed to finalize the fight. -- Dan Rafael

GGG has final offer, deadline for Canelo rematch
Golden Boy Promotions says it has made its final offer to unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez. -- Dan Rafael

IBF strips Golovkin for failing to fight challenger
Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin was stripped of one of his three major 160-pound title belts by the IBF on Wednesday for his failure to fight mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. -- Dan Rafael

GGG restarts rematch talk with Alvarez's camp
Gennady Golovkin has agreed to come off his demand for a 50-50 split of the purse in a potential rematch against Canelo Alvarez, Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter said Wednesday, a day after Oscar De La Hoya said a rematch wouldn't happen. -- Dan Rafael

GGG-Canelo rematch a no-go, says De La Hoya
With Gennady Golovkin unwilling to come off his demand for parity in a proposed Sept. 15 rematch, promoter Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN, "The Canelo train has left the station." The Golden Boy CEO is now negotiating a bout between Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs. -- Dan Rafael

Canelo enrolls in voluntary drug testing program
Suspended fighter Canelo Alvarez has enrolled in a voluntary drug testing program, clearing one hurdle to a possible rematch with Gennady Golovkin in September. -- Dan Rafael

GGG 'absolutely' wants to fight Canelo again
Gennady Golovkin calls his knockout of Vanes Martirosyan his "big gift" to fans and expresses his desire to fight Canelo Alvarez again in September.

De La Hoya calls GGG's comments 'ridiculous'
Oscar De La Hoya says he wants to keep Canelo Alvarez active, fighting twice in the rest of 2018 and that "he's an honest and clean fighter."

GGG relishes tying Hopkins for division record
Gennady Golovkin made history with Saturday night's knockout of Vanes Martirosyan, as it marked his 20th consecutive 160-pound title defense, tying him with Bernard Hopkins for the division record. -- Dan Rafael

GGG ties Hopkins' mark with KO of Martirosyan
Gennady Golovkin, denied his lucrative rematch with Canelo Alvarez, knocked out Vanes Martirosyan in the second round Saturday night at StubHub Center. -- Dan Rafael

GGG: Not sure if Canelo rematch will happen
Gennady Golovkin knows he will fight Saturday against Vanes Martirosyan, but he isn't so sure whether he will finally get a rematch against Canelo Alvarez in September. -- Dan Rafael

Canelo's camp: Test results show no intention
Canelo Alvarez's group says the negative results of a hair follicle test, provided to ESPN, demonstrate that the boxer wasn't intentionally taking the banned substance which led to the cancellation of his May 5 bout against Gennady Golovkin. -- Dan Rafael

NSAC: Canelo to serve 6-month suspension
Boxer Canelo Alvarez will serve a six-month suspension for failing two drug tests, the lightest punishment typically given for his kind of infraction. -- Dan Rafael

Canelo withdraws from May 5 bout with GGG
Canelo Alvarez withdrew from his fight against Gennady Golovkin on Tuesday. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a complaint against Alvarez after two positive tests for a banned substance. -- Dan Rafael

GGG, trainer disappointed by Canelo's team
Gennady Golovkin was in disbelief when Canelo Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance. Along with Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, they used the word "disappointment," not about Alvarez, but his team. -- Dan Rafael

Canelo temporarily suspended over two tests
Canelo Alvarez has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for two positive tests of a banned substance. He will be required to appear at a hearing on April 10, less than a month before his rematch against Gennady Golovkin. -- Dan Rafael

Canelo fails drug test ahead of GGG rematch
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, who is in training for his mega rematch with unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. -- Dan Rafael

Exec on judge: 'Sometimes you have a bad day'
Judge Adalaide Byrd raised eyebrows with a scorecard giving the fight 118-110 to Canelo Alvarez, which prompted NSAC executive Bob Bennett to say, "sometimes you have a bad day." -- Dan Rafael

Canelo-GGG ends in draw; fighters want rematch
In an action-packed classic, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought to a draw with wildly different scores from the judges -- including a 118-110 score for Alvarez -- in their middleweight title bout Saturday night. -- Dan Rafael

Golovkin on Alvarez fight: 'I have been ready for years'
Gennady Golovkin has waited years for a career-defining superfight. On Sept. 16 against Canelo Alvarez, he finally gets one. -- Ramona Shelburne