Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya announced the fight between Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland to be held on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Alvarez intended to fight on May 2 Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend, but the popular Mexican boxer has to be moved to give way of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather fight in MGM Grand Las Vegas.
“Right from the start Canelo has always said the only fight he would move from his date May 2 was obviously the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, which we did,” De La Hoya was quoted via ESPN.
The Canelo usually fight in Alamodome where he drew a crowd of nearly 40,000 in April 2013 victory against Austin Trout. But due to unavailability of the original venue of Alamodome in San Antonio on the following week, Alvarez vs Kirkland fight was moved instead to Houston Astros home turf Minute Maid Park.
With that said, Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland tickets are now available on sale online which is much cheaper due to the huge venue. But Canelo has proven that he can draw large crowd especially the large population of Mexicans and Latinos in Texas. In his fight against Trout in Alamodome, the Mexican sensation Saul Canelo Alvarez sold out 33,000 tickets but Golden Boy Promotions had to make an additional 3,000 tickets available with the final attendance tally roughly 39,247.
As a boxing venue, Minute Maid Park holds approximately 40,000 fans but given the popularity of Canelo among the Texans crowd, attendance wouldn’t be a problem. The effects on the timing of two successive weekend super-fights following Mayweather vs Pacquiao is remains to be seen however Alvarez vs Kirkland promises an explosive matchup.
Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) is a big-puncher while Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO) is a brawler with 28 KO record can speak for itself. While Canelo guarantees big attendance, Kirkland can also draw local fight fans being an Austin native.
The fight will be broadcast live on HBO which is also Alvarez debut on the network after he transferred from Showtime last year.
The Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland tickets are now currently available online via secondary market ranging from $46 on the outfield deck to $1,820 on the floor. Check Alvarez vs Kirkland tickets below.
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