On September 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez will defend his WBC World Super-Flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez as the co-main event of the trilogy fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The event will be televised live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the United States and Canada as well as throughout the world on DAZN (with the exception of Mexico, Latin America, and Kazakhstan). It is being promoted by Matchroom, Canelo Promotions, and GGG Promotions.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW AT AXS.COM.
Rodriguez (16-0, 11 KOs) is in excellent shape after a thrilling stoppage victory over Thai star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on his home turf in San Antonio in June. The victory came in the first defense of the title Rodriguez won after stepping in at the last minute to challenge Carlos Cuadras for the vacant belt in Phoenix in February.
Following the victory against Rungvisai, “Bam” extended his promotional agreement with Eddie Hearn, and he now seeks to bolster his case for fighter of the year by putting the green and gold strap on the line against Mexican Gonzalez (28-4-1 11 KOs).
The 25-year-old Mexican, who has already competed for belts at 115 pounds against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Kal Yafai, and Jerwin Ancajas, will put everything on the line in front of a boisterous crowd during Mexican Independence Day weekend in Sin City.
“September 17, we are back,” said Rodriguez. “It’s an honor to be a part of this card and I want to thank Matchroom and Teiken for giving me this opportunity. Having the chance to fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend, as the co-main to Canelo-GGG is truly special and I plan on putting on another spectacular performance and continuing to build my legacy.
“Each fight now is more important than the last. It’s not about just winning; it’s how you win. That’s mine and my coach Robert Garcia’s job now; to look sensational each and every time we step in the ring and continue to show the world that I am one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.”
“I want to thank Matchroom but most I want to thank the champ Jesse Rodriguez for the opportunity,” said Gonzalez. “I know I’ll take full advantage of this and make my dream come true of becoming a World champion on September 17.
“Fighting on Canelo-GGG III card is a dream come true for Bam to showcase his talent to the whole world,” said Rodriguez’s trainer and manager Robert Garcia. “Thanks to Matchroom and Teiken for this huge opportunity. We will take this chance to show the boxing world that Bam is one of the most talented fighters in the world.”
“I am delighted to make Jesse the first fighter on the undercard of a spectacular night on September 17,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Jesse is the hottest property in the sport right now after his electric performances in the first half of 2022, and he’s looking to build on that on the biggest possible platform.
“Israel is sure to give it everything he has got on Mexican Independence Day weekend, but I believe you are going to see another special performance from a seriously talented young fighter in Jesse.”
The first fight on the undercard of Canelo vs. Golovkin III has been announced as a contest between Jesse Rodriguez and Israel Gonzalez. Canelo will defend his undisputed Super-Middleweight title against Kazakhstan’s current WBA and IBF Middleweight champion in what is expected to be the biggest fight of 2022.
CONWAY VS. WILLIAMS ON CANELO-GGG III CARD
On Saturday, September 17, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Austin Williams, and Kieron Conway will fight for the vacant WBA International Middleweight title. The main event will feature Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The event will be televised live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the United States and Canada as well as throughout the world on DAZN (with the exception of Mexico, Latin America, and Kazakhstan). It is being promoted by Matchroom, Canelo Promotions, and GGG Promotions.
Williams (11-0 9 KOs) has had two outstanding victories in the first half of 2022 following a welcome return to competition. In February in London, Williams stopped former World title challenger Javier Maciel in six rounds before knocking out unbeaten Chordale Booker in the first round of their fight for the Continental Americas title at Madison Square Garden at the end of April.
After a nine-month absence from the ring, “Ammo” returned to the ring in December in Las Vegas, stopping Quatavious Cash in the second round. Thanks to a string of three impressive knockout victories, the Houston fighter is currently sitting comfortably at #7 in the WBA rankings ahead of his second paid appearance in Sin City.
Conway (17-2-1, 3 KOs) makes his professional boxing debut in Las Vegas, but he is no stranger to huge Canelo fight nights after taking against Souleymane Cissokho at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in May 2021. In a close-run fight with the Frenchman, “Too Class” lost by split decision, but five months later, the Northampton fighter triumphed in James Metcalfe’s backyard in Liverpool.
“It is my honor and a dream come true to open up the Canelo vs. GGG III Pay-Per-View telecast,” said Williams. “I will deliver an unforgettable experience and capture my second consecutive title in the most sophisticated way imaginable.”
“Last time out in the USA I made some mistakes, I won’t make the same mistakes twice and I’m going there to catapult my career in the right direction on one of the biggest shows of the year I can’t wait,” said Conway. “I was made for the big stage and I’m going to show it.
“Williams is a decent fighter and won’t be underestimated but he’s just another opponent to me and I’m coming to get a job done.”
“This is a cracking fight for September 17 and a tough one to call,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Ammo has come back with a bang and is looking spiteful and powerful as he moves up the WBA rankings, but Kieron came back well in his last outing in Liverpool and he won’t take a backward step on a massive night for the Brit.”
Williams and Conway are the second fights to be added to the undercard on September 17 following the announcement that Super-Flyweight sensation Jesse Rodriguez will defend his WBC World title against Israel Gonzalez in the co-main event before the third meeting of the legendary modern rivalry between Canelo and Golovkin, with the Mexican king defending his undisputed Super-Middleweight crown against Kazakhstan’s reigning WBA and IBF Middleweight champion in the event.