Austin Williams will face Kieron Conway for the vacant WBA International Middleweight title on the undercard of the blockbuster trilogy clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday September 17. The event, presented by Matchroom, Canelo Promotions and GGG Promotions, will broadcast live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the U.S. and Canada as well as around the world on DAZN (excluding Mexico, Latin America, and Kazakhstan).
Williams (11-0 9 KOs) has enjoyed two standout wins in the first half of 2022 after a welcome return to action, stopping former World title challenger Javier Maciel in six rounds in London in February, before blasting away unbeaten Chordale Booker inside the opening session of their clash for the Continental Americas title at Madison Square Garden in New York at the end of April.
‘Ammo’ stepped back through the ropes in December in Las Vegas with a second round stoppage victory over Quatavious Cash ending a nine month absence from action, and his run of three impressive KO victories sees the Houston talent sit handily at #7 in the WBA rankings ahead of his second paid outing in Sin City.
Conway (17-2-1 3 KOs) fights in Vegas for the first time in the paid ranks but is no stranger to big Canelo fight nights having faced Souleymane Cissokho in May 2021 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. ‘Too Class’ was on the wrong end of a split decision in a close run clash with the Frenchman, but the Northampton man bounced back with victory in James Metcalfe’s Liverpool backyard five months later.
“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 backwards step on a massive night for the Brit.”
Williams and Conway become the second bout added to the undercard on September 17 after the announcement that Super-Flyweight sensation Jesse Rodriguez will defend his WBC World title against Israel Gonzalez will be the co-main fight leading into the third installment of the classic modern rivalry between Canelo and Golovkin, with the Mexican king putting his undisputed Super-Middleweight crown on the line against Kazakhstan’s reigning WBA and IBF Middleweight ruler in the most anticipated match up of 2022.
Rodriguez vs Gonzalez added to Canelo vs GGG 3 card
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez will defend his WBC World Super-Flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez as the co-main event on the undercard of the trilogy clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday September 17. The event, presented by Matchroom, Canelo Promotions and GGG Promotions, will broadcast live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the U.S. and Canada as well as around the world on DAZN (excluding Mexico, Latin America, and Kazakhstan).
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Rodriguez (16-0 11 KOs) is in red-hot form after a sensational stoppage win over Thai star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on his San Antonio home turf in June, his eighth round triumph coming in the first defense of the title he won after stepping in late to meet Carlos Cuadras for the vacant strap in February in Phoenix.
‘Bam’ extended his promotional pact with Eddie Hearn following the win over Rungivisai, and he looks to strengthen his fighter of the year claims with another strong showing as he puts the green and gold strap on the line against Mexican Gonzalez (28-4-1 11 KOs).
The 25 year old challenges for World honors for the fourth time having previously faced Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, Kal Yafai and Jerwin Ancajas for belts at 115lbs, and the Mexican will lay it all on the line with huge support from the crowd on 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.”
Jesse Rodriguez’s clash with Israel Gonzalez is the first bout announced for the undercard of the third installment of the classic modern rivalry between Canelo and Golovkin, with the Mexican king putting his undisputed Super-Middleweight crown on the line against Kazakhstan’s reigning WBA and IBF Middleweight ruler in the most anticipated match up of 2022.