‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ continues at the Avalon
There is a lot on the plate currently for Tom Loeffler, namely trying to hammer out an agreement for the rematch between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, who are currently at loggerheads over the financial split for this fight. (A game of Risk played by Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez)
But as the head of the newly-formed 360 Promotions, he has the second edition of the “Hollywood Fight Nights” to worry about, which takes place this evening from the Avalon in Hollywood.
As he looked out at the empty theater which was getting prepped for the installation of the ring, on Tuesday afternoon, after the weigh-in, he told UCNLive.com, “We’re still negotiating, still discussing the biggest fight in the sport of boxing. So when you do a Hollywood club show like this, there’s always that hovering in the background but the fans like to come out. These are fun shows.”
Loeffler formed 360 Promotions at the end of 2017, to have the ability to develop and showcase young talent under his promotional guidance.This card will feature lightweight contender and former two-time title challenger Denis Shafikov in the main event versus Hector Suarez. “Abel Sanchez, the trainer of ‘Triple G’ is going to be here. One of (Shafikov)’s sparring partners, Jonathan Esquivel, is going to be here. Serhii Bohachuk is fighting on the show,” added Loeffler, who admits when reporters ask questions, they mainly center on a particular subject.
“Everyone keeps asking about Triple G and ‘Canelo,’ so the fighters have kind of dug their heels in and it’s my job with Eric Gomez to try to figure out if he we can find a solution,” said Loeffler, who has remained in contact with the President of Golden Boy Promotions, which represents the Mexican star. “I talked to him last night and I’m supposed to talk to him again today and I’m going to talk to Gennady today and just get a sense of where everything is at.”
Last weekend Loeffler was in Europe but he makes it clear it had nothing to do with the sudden decision by WBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders to withdraw from his June 23 date versus Martin Murray.
Loeffler said with a laugh, “It was coincidental, I didn’t trip BJ.” Saunders is claiming a hamstring injury. Cynics believe he pulled it running to a bigger payday versus Golovkin or Alvarez.
“There’s no secret that Triple G has wanted to unify all the titles, now with Saunders not fighting in June. If for some reason, something happens with the Canelo fight, (Saunders) would clearly be at the top of the list for a unification fight,” said Loeffler, who added, “(Jermall) Charlo is the WBC mandatory; (Sergey) Derevyanchenko is the IBF mandatory. So there’s no lack of action for Triple G, if, for some reason, the Canelo fight can’t be made.”
For the time being, neither side seems to be coming off its stance and there is the real possibility that this anticipated rematch does not take place in mid-September.
“Hopefully we’re getting close but time is running out and if we’re going to do a big fight, whether it’s Triple G and Canelo, or both those guys fighting different people, we need to come up with something pretty quickly,” said Loeffler.
On Tuesday evening, ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported that Oscar De La Hoya and GBP were moving on from this fight and had begun negotiating with Matchroom Boxing Group Managing Director Eddie Hearn, in regard to a fight with former two-time title challenger Danny Jacobs.
But for a few hours, on Wednesday evening, the focus will be on the stuff taking place at the Avalon, where the VIP list will include Jim Brown, Mario Lopez, Omar Miller, Michael Buffer and boxers such as Murat Gassiev and Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin.
“We want to do two more shows,” Loeffler said of his “Hollywood Fight Nights” series, which kicked off back on March 27. “This is our second show; right now we’d like to do more shows, keep the guys busy and the fans like this. It’s really giving back to the boxing community. This isn’t a show that makes a lot of money. This is a show that’s really for the fans and these are streamed worldwide and we got a great rating internationally. We got a great turnout here, locally, and it also gives the fighters another platform to fight here, locally, in Los Angeles.
“There’s so many great fighters here in the Southern California area and a lot of great shows and this adds a different element. Literally a VIP Hollywood boxing experience and that’s something different for the fans to come out for.”
Speaking of Mr. Lopez, here is the latest installment of “The 3 Knockdown Rule,” in which we preview this weekend’s cards and talk about everything else in boxing.
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