Golovkin Vs. Canelo Next? Not So Fast, De La Hoya Won't Commit
November 25, 2015
Much to the joy of fight fans everywhere, after Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) defeated Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the WBC middleweight title, Canelo said that he’d fight the oft avoided and fearsome knockout king of the division IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs). “I’ll put the gloves on and fight him now,” Canelo said to HBO’s Max Kellerman after his win.
However, there are two obstacles in the way. The first, is weight. Canelo is still not budging in his demand that Golovkin come down in weight to fight him. Canelo has fought his last few fights at 155, which is neither jr middleweight nor regular middleweight. It’s essentially “Canelo weight” or Canelo’s own made up weight class. Canelo is still demanding that Golovkin fight him at his weight, because Canelo is the champion and in his words, doesn’t have to “do what he wants.”
Second, Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya still will not commit to making the GGG-Canelo fight. Because why would Oscar want to feed his meal ticket to the wolves? Canelo Alvarez is single handedly keeping Golden Boy Promotions afloat, and is far and away De La Hoya’s marquee name and attraction. Back in May after Canelo KO’d James Kirkland, De La Hoya after the fight said that he wouldn’t make a GGG-Canelo fight for another two years. One, to build hype, a la Mayweather-Pacquiao. And 2, which De La Hoya won’t say but it’s obvious. GGG’s skills will have diminished by then. Golovkin is 33 years old right now, and in another two years, will be surely on the decline, while Canelo will continue to rise into his prime.
After the victory over Cotto, De La Hoya said they’d be sitting down with Canelo to decide on who his next opponent should be. The only commitment he really made was that Canelo fight again in May and September, and take the prestigious Cinco De Mayo weekend and Mexican independance weekend dates away from the now retired Floyd Mayweather.
But regarding a fight with GGG, De La Hoya did the typical promoter thing in the post fight presser and danced around the question.
“It’s very interesting because there’s the Triple G fight. There’s obviously other fights at 154. I have to get a feel for what Canelo wants to do…I’m not saying he’s going to fight somebody else. I’m not announcing anything. We’re going to talk about it. Is he going to fight Triple G? Absolutely, of course. It’s not a question. Canelo is willing to fight anybody. The very best. That’s who he is.” De La Hoya said.
If you were a betting man, surely a rematch with Cotto in May would be more likely as the fight was competitive enough, and reportedly did very well with PPV sales. De La Hoya and Canelo are also reportedly trying to lure Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of retirement for a rematch, but that currently doesn’t seem to be very likely.
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