Michael Rosenthal

Alvarez to fight Gomez on Sept. 17

Saul Alvarez will fight Alfonso Gomez on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz pay-per-view broadcast on Sept. 17, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said.

The Alvarez-Gomez fight will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Alvarez has a large fan base. The Mayweather-Ortiz fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"It will be a at the Staples Center and a split site (doubleheader)," Schaefer said. "It's a huge, huge, huge event."

Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 knockouts) stopped Ryan Rhodes in the 12th round on June 18 in his first defense of the WBC junior middleweight title he won by outpointing Matthew Hatton in March.

Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs), a former participant in "The Contender" reality series, has won five consecutive fights since he was stopped by Miguel Cotto in 2008 but has fought primarily as a welterweight.

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