Gennady Golovkin has made it clear that he will not be forced into setting a “hard deadline” to agree to a middleweight rematch with the Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez but “other options” will soon present themselves, confirmed his promoter, Tom Loeffler.
The 35-year-old Khazkhstani disputed the judge’s scorecards back in September when the pair last met which resulted in a draw and now time is running out to agree to a second meeting on May 5 according to the GGG camp.
Speaking on the situation Tom Loeffler has been quoted as saying “There’s no hard deadline, but at some point, we have to confirm other options if it looks like Canelo doesn’t want to get in the ring with GGG again,
“The Canelo rematch is the biggest fight in the sport of boxing and the priority for GGG. I’m in regular contact with [Alvarez’s promoters] Golden Boy to see if we can make the fight that the fans are demanding to see.”
Another belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. who takes on David Lemieux on December 16 in his WBO title defence is threatening to delay negotiations for the Golovkin-Canelo rematch.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has been quoted as saying “We will wait [to resume negotiations until] after Lemieux-Saunders,” Canelo’s promoter De La Hoya told ESPN Deportes this week. “After that fight, we will think about it.”
Loeffler went on to say “We can’t put Gennady’s career on hold but [a rematch] is the priority.
“Gennady wants a rematch because this left an unsatisfied taste. Canelo said he won’t fight until May but we have to see if he wants a rematch.”
In recent weeks Triple G’s team has spent time in Dallas, Texas, to scout a potential location if a rematch with Saul Alvarez is agreed. The first fight, in Las Vegas, resulted in controversy with judge Adalaide Byrd temporarily stepping away from major events after her scorecard outrageously read 118-110 in Canelo’s favour.
Loeffler speaking after post-fight back in September went on to say “We wouldn’t be hesitant about coming back to Nevada but we’d be more selective with the officials that were assigned,”.
“If there’s a rematch Dallas should be at the top of the list,” he said. “But Madison Square Garden made an offer [for the first fight] that would have been a record gate for New York.”
Canelo has boxed three times in Texas, most recently against Liam Smith where he beat the Brit in front of an estimated 40,000-50,000 people at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, stopping the Liverpudlian in the 9th round to relinquish his WBO title at light middleweight.