Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin II getting ‘close’
During his in-studio appearance on “The 3 Knockdown Rule” with Mario Lopez and me, this past week, Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez spoke about a myriad of issues. Naturally, he was asked about the progress of the ongoing negotiations for the rematch between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The two battled to a hard-fought draw on September 16, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in a fight that was lauded critically and was a commercial success.
“We’re close; we’re close. We’re no different than we were in the first fight,” said Gomez, last Wednesday. “We’re right around the same stage, where there’s a couple of things that have to be worked out. Canelo’s been vacationing and we’re waiting to have a meeting with him so we can give him an update.
“We met with him, I want to say, about a month ago down in Mexico. We gave him the details. He asked for certain things. We came back with (K2 Promotions Managing Director) Tom Loeffler (and) went over that. Tom came back with some other suggestions. We’re in negotiations now.”
When asked his perspective, Loeffler told UCNLive.com, “Ever since the first fight – and Gennady felt he won the first fight – Gennady’s been committed to doing the rematch because the fans were left with an unsatisfactory ending to the fight. To our side, the rematch would’ve been signed a long time ago and we’d be promoting it right now. But I understand Canelo is on vacation and is taking a little longer to commit to the rematch than ‘Triple G’ is. Anytime you go 12 rounds with a big puncher like Gennady, that maybe it’s giving him some hesitation but we still feel confident we can get the fight done because it’s the biggest boxing event for next year.”
While May isn’t exactly around the corner, Loeffler feels some urgency in getting the ball rolling on this promotion.
“If it’s going to happen, you need it to be wrapped up pretty soon because, in order to promote this type of an event, I really thought the advantage would be to start promoting it early, right after the September fight, start promoting it for May. But we’ve already lost now a good month, where we could’ve had it done and been promoting,” said Loeffler, who has stated he is already working on contingency plans for the early part of 2018, if an immediate rematch doesn’t come to fruition.
As for any deadline, Loeffler states, “Realistically some time in December, otherwise we’re going to have to look for other options for Gennady.” But he makes it clear, “Plan A for Gennady and Canelo is the rematch because both of them made career-high paydays in that fight. The rematch figures to be bigger.”
For the time being, it looks like the usual posturing from both sides in hopes of squeezing out the best possible deals for their clients. It would be inconceivable that the second edition of this rivalry doesn’t take place next.
“The important thing in these big fights – and I always say this – the fighters want the fight,” pointed out Gomez. “When the fighters want to do it, it’s so much easier. Then it’s just details. It’s just crunching numbers and coming up with ideas to mend whatever gap there.
“But they both want it. Canelo wants it. He wants to prove that he won the first fight and so does Golovkin. So they both want the fight. We’re going to do our best to get it done.”
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