Boxing fans – and wannabe boxers – on both coasts can now join in on the pre-fight hype and hoopla surrounding the big bout between Canelo Alavarez and Gennady Golovkin on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Las Vegas.
HBO, which is broadcasting the long-awaited middleweight championship match as a live pay-per-view event, is also hosting a pair of fan-friendly, boxing-related pop-up activities in Los Angeles and New York in the days leading up to the fight.
On Friday, Sept. 8, from noon to 8 p.m., Windward Plaza at L.A.’s famed Venice Beach will be the site of free boxing training classes run by former pro fighter Alex Brenes of City of Angels Boxing.
Also included among the day’s festivities is an outdoor screening of part one of HBO’s acclaimed “24/7 Canelo-Golovkin,” the documentary series chronicling the behind-the-scenes buildup to their historic fight.
The screening precedes the second episode of “24/7 Canelo/Golovkin,” which premieres Saturday, Sept. 9, following the live “Boxing After Dark” triple header from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., featuring Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Roman (Chocolatito) Gonzalez, Naoya Inoue vs. Antonio Nieves, and Carlos Cuadras vs. Juan Francisco Estradaat.
The L.A. event will also present a live panel of boxing experts that includes Brenes, TV sports reporter Jessica Rosales, sportscaster Ricardo Celis, and analyst and ringside judge Harold Lederman.
On Friday, Sept. 15 – the day before the fight – the fun moves to New York, where visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1can take part in free boxing training classes held by experts from two of the city’s top clubs – the Church Street Gym in lower Manhattan and Mendez Boxing on E. 26th.
The New York pop-up will also feature a screening of “24-7,” and both the L.A. and New York events will include gift-card giveaways to attendees.
The Canelo vs. Golovkin HBO pay-per-view broadcast, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will begin at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.