Oscar De La Hoya: Golovkin-Canelo ‘signed, sealed and delivered’ in only two weeks

Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez
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Oscar De La Hoya on how the Golovkin-Canelo mega-fight got made. John Dennen reports from Las Vegas

THE world has been waiting for Canelo Alvarez to take on Gennady Golovkin for a long time. But promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed that when it came to final negotiations, these were competed swiftly and easily in only two weeks.

“Not tough at all. The GGG side is such a pleasure to work with. My president Eric Gomez, we wanted specific negotiations and it was easy to make. We negotiated back and forth several times, no big deal. These types of fights take a long time to make happen, some fights. Surprisingly enough this fight took a couple of weeks to make,” De La Hoya said.

“I did start negotiations a while back and we halted those negotiations out of respect for Chavez and this event. And we halted those for about a month and then we started negotiating two weeks ago and it got done a few days ago.”

While this type of super-fight typically takes place in Las Vegas, the location and venue have not yet been confirmed. “Anywhere around the world. I don’t know yet,” De La Hoya noted.

He also struck a defiant note at those who doubted that he and Canelo would take the Golovkin fight. He just emphasised that they did it at a time of their choosing. “The fight is signed, sealed and delivered with GGG. Anybody who still wants to doubt can talk to my PR, my director, but it’s signed, sealed and delivered and I’ve always stated that GGG [will happen in] September 2017, ever since a year ago when everyone was asking, ‘Why are you afraid of GGG? ‘Why is this not going to happen?’” he insisted.

“I told everybody, it’s going to happen in September and we’re extremely proud, happy and excited that this fight is going to take place on September 16.”

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