THE enthralling prospect of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin staging a rematch in their next fight is drawing ever closer.
The two fought to a thrilling if controversial draw in September. Golovkin left with his three middleweight world titles and was widely seen to be unlucky with the result. But they need to fight again to settle the issue.
“Gennady still has all his titles, he’s still the champion. He feels like the champion. He feels like if Canelo wants to be a champion he’s got to fight him again. That’s really the priority, Gennady’s expressed it. His priority is to make the fight that the fans are asking for. They want to see the rematch. It was financially a very successful event,” Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler told Fight Hub.
“Both guys need each other for their career, to make those megafights,” he added. “Everyone sees the value that both guys bring to the table.”
There are other options out there, particularly for Canelo Alvarez. His promotional stablemate David Lemieux is fighting Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title on December 16 and the victor would be a viable candidate to box Canelo or indeed Golovkin. Such a scenario wouldn’t scotch the Alvarez-Golovkin rematch but it would delay it until later in 2018.
But Oscar De La Hoya, head of Golden Boy Promotions, who represent Canelo Alvarez, has insisted that the Mexican superstar is also targeting “GGG” next, with it most likely taking place on May 5 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena once again.
He told TMZ, “We’re working on that for Cinco de Mayo next year, the same place, T-Mobile but that fight is definitely going to happen. That’s the big fight, it’s huge. If people didn’t see the first one, you wait till the second one, it’s going to be huge.”