Those of us that eagerly await the Super fight Between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may not want to be holding their breath just yet, Promoter Oscar De La Hoya yesterday claimed that Golovkin’s narrow victory over Daniel Jacobs this past weekend did nothing to increase his “B” side value at the negotiation table.
De La Hoya told media yesterday that the chances of striking a deal with Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler for the bout “decrease” because of Golovkin’s showing in a 115-112, 115-112, 114-113 unanimous-decision triumph at Madison Square Garden.
Loeffler has already countered the offer made by Golden Boy Promotions but Oscar now says that after Saturday’s showing from “Triple G” that the purse split is unlikely to budge.
“Not that [Golovkin’s value] went down,” De La Hoya said. “I just feel that given today’s market, I really feel that GGG’s side has to be more than fair to make this fight.
“I actually believe [the percentages of making the fight] decrease. It all depends on the negotiations – and we’ll continue talks – but now obviously we clearly know who the ‘A’ side is and that’s obviously Canelo. So I’m going to instruct my president, Eric Gomez, to continue talks and, hopefully, it can get done, but I strongly feel Canelo is obviously the ‘A’ side and there’s no doubt about it.”
Saul Alvarez will face his countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas which is predicted to far outsell Golovkin Vs Jacobs.
A win will further gain momentum for the super fight which De La Hoya is ever confident in his man’s abilities, unwavering in his opinion that Canelo can defeat Golovkin.
“I’ve always been confident in Canelo’s abilities,” De La Hoya said. “He’s only getting stronger. He’s only getting faster. He hasn’t peaked. And he’s looking very strong, especially at this weight. I’ve always stated Canelo is a superior fighter than most, if not all fighters, out there and it will be an explosive, terrific fight.”
On Saturday night Jacobs showed for the first time in GGG’s career that he is beatable, De La Hoya when asked what mistakes Jacobs made he said “Not trusting in his Strength earlier”
“Jacobs gave Golovkin too much respect. I’ve always said if you’re a fighter who gets into great shape, you can handle any pressure, any type of punch from anybody,” De La Hoya said. “You have to be in shape to stand toe to toe, and that’s the mistake Jacobs made: In the second half of the fight, he did terrific, but in the first half of the fight, he gave Golovkin too much respect.
“Mark my words: When Canelo and Golovkin gets made, Canelo’s not going to respect him one bit. Right from the start.”
“We’re ready to make this fight. We want to make this fight,” De La Hoya said. “Now we have to wait and see what happens with Chavez on May 6.”