A Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch is close to being made, as Alvarez has agreed to a May 5 date and Golovkin’s camp is expected to follow suit “within the next few days,” Golden Boy Promotions’ Eric Gomez told the Los Angeles Times.

The first Alvarez-Golovkin fight, which took place in September in Las Vegas, ended in a controversial draw, as the huge majority of boxing observers believed the Kazakh beat the Mexican fighter handily. Golovkin was ahead on judge Dave Moretti’s scorecard (115-113), but Don Trella scored the bout even (114-114), and Adalaide Byrd scored it 118-110 in favor of Alvarez.

The contract for the first fight included a clause for a rematch. While the contact for the second one will not, that doesn’t mean a trilogy won’t happen.

“It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement,” said Gomez, Alvarez’s promoter. “We want to concentrate on getting this (second fight) done and then we can talk about a third fight later.”

Canelo vs. GGG II is among the sport’s best potential fights for 2018, and HBO will again have the pay-per-view rights. 

As for a venue, the assumption has been the rematch will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas, the site of the first fight, but Gomez said Madison Square Garden is expected to bid, too.  

Many fight analysts believe Golovkin will have a hard time winning a decision in Vegas, the backyard of Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya, the promotion company’s CEO.

“Those are the two leading contenders,” Gomez said of Vegas and New York, “and once we get the contracts signed, we’ll get to work.”

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