Gennady Golovkin does Dallas (again)
Earlier this week, unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and his team were in the Lone Star State (Texas) where they had some business to attend to. It wasn’t the first time Golovkin had visited Dallas, having gone there a couple of years ago to a Cowboys game, as a guest of one Jerry Jones (who just happens to own the NFL franchise and a large stadium that has hosted major boxing events in the past).
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions, explained to UCNLive.com, “We went to Dallas to announce the new Tecate deal, where it’s not just an event sponsorship; it’s also a personal services sponsorship for ‘Triple G’ and, while we were in Dallas, we met with representatives of the Cowboys and they expressed a big interest in hosting a Triple G fight.”
However the biggest item Loeffler is currently dealing with is the issue of the rematch between his man and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who battled to an entertaining draw on September 16. The caliber of the fight and the brisk business it did made a rematch a priority.
“We’d like to do it as soon as possible, if it makes sense. The more time you have to promote it, the more successful it’ll be. I’m in discussions with (Golden Boy Promotions President) Eric Gomez and it’s just a matter if we work it out. If not, we’ll have to see what is the next best option for Gennady,” said Loeffler, who made it clear that “the Canelo rematch is the priority because Gennady feels he won the first fight and he still has all of his titles and you would think that Canelo would want to prove to everyone that saw the fight the first time that he would do better in the second fight.”
If Canelo-“GGG” II is consumated, it will take place in May of 2018, meaning Golovkin – who, at one time, was among the most active champions in the sport – will most likely be relegated to fighting twice a year, once again. It’s the unfortunate reality for a career that has now become a full-blown business.
Loeffler explained, “With those type of fights, with the Danny Jacobs fight (last March) and with the Canelo fight we can’t plan the schedule like we used to. We were supposed to fight in December of 2016 and then that fight got pushed back, because of Jacobs, to March and he was the (WBA) mandatory. That was out of our control and the same thing, if Canelo says he wants to fight in May, these things are out of our control. But, like I said, Gennady would wait until May to do a Canelo fight but we’ve got to have something here soon, otherwise we have to start exploring different options.”
If a rematch with Alvarez is not secured in due time, Loeffler said he will look to book a fight for Golovkin in the first quarter of next year.
Going back to Dallas and AT&T Stadium (which is actually located in Arlington), many fans who were simply shut out of going to the first encounter between Golovkin and Alvarez have expressed their wish to have the rematch at this venue. But being realistic, this fight seems destined to return to Las Vegas. However Loeffler remains intrigued by having the rematch at “Jerry’s World.”
“We set the third highest gate in boxing history with the fight in Vegas, so we’re certainly not down on Vegas but whenever you have an opportunity to fight in front of 100,000 people, I think you have to sit down and explore that,” said Loeffler, who added that the Madison Square Garden, in New York City, has also expressed an interest in bidding on the rematch.
Alvarez-Golovkin did a gate of approximately $27 million.
“I think the first step is to actually make the fight and then the second step is to go through the venues again and know what the revenue is that was generated in the first fight – it’s by far Canelo’s highest gate that he did because of the effect of all the fans Gennady brought with him. It’s just a great mix of fan-bases, where Gennady’s fan-base complements Canelo’s and that turned it into a successful event.”
As for Golovkin actually ever fighting in Texas, the most realistic scenario is a fight that takes place after the rematch with Alvarez.
“On these big events, it always depends on who the opponent is,” stated Loeffler, “so naturally, the Canelo fight would make a lot of sense. If there’s a different fight out there that we could explore, Gennady has always said he wanted to fight in Texas, at some point of his career, and it just depends on the situation. What can we come up with, as far as an opponent is concerned?”
NEWS AND NOTES
– According to Sean “Viva!” Gibbons, the adviser for Orlando Salido, a fight beween his man and Mickey Roman has been finalized for December 9 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which will be part of an HBO broadcast. Originally, Salido was scheduled to face WBC 130-pound titlist Miguel Berchelt who pulled out of the fight due to inflammation in his right hand.
– The WBO announced that its lightweight beltholder Terry Flanagan was vacating its title to move up to 140, where he could face Maurice Hooker for the organization’s vacant title (now formerly held by Terence Crawford). There previously had been talks between Frank Warren and Golden Boy Promotions about a 135-pound unification between Flanagan and WBA titlist Jorge Linares.
– The WBO also announced that the November 25 battle between Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy will be for its vacant light heavyweight title.
– Speaking of Crawford, he is now the mandatory for WBO welterweight beltholder Jeff Horn.
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