So what’s next for Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin?
After going 24 hard rounds with one another over the past year, what’s next for Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin?
For Alvarez, the new unified middleweight champion, after winning a hotly contested majority decision, it could be a relatively quick turn around.
“We have December 15th reserved for him. We’re going to get together with the team later this week. We’re going to discuss it. It’s up to him whether he feels capable of it or not, depending on the cut,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, who mentioned that, should the Mexican star choose to fight on this date, “It’ll be Vegas or MSG (Madison Square Garden), either/or. ‘Canelo’ wants to fight in New York.
“He wants to fight in New York; he wants to fight where (Muhammad) Ali fought. He wants to fight where (Golden Boy founder) Oscar (De La Hoya) fought, where all the greats have fought.
If Alvarez feels up for December 15, “we’ll start having discussions with both the MGM (Grand) and MSG,” said Gomez.
Many are wondering if HBO (whose future commitment to the sport isn’t clear) is still affiliated with Alvarez, the most valuable commodity in all of boxing. “As of right now, we’re with HBO and I can’t really say anything further,” said Gomez on Tuesday afternoon.
With the nature of the first two bouts, it seems almost inevitable that we’ll see a third chapter of Canelo-“GGG.” Gomez told UCNLive.com, “We would love to discuss it with Canelo and his team, see how he feels. Obviously both styles match up great and there’s a reason why that they’re very good fights. It would be at Canelo’s discretion. We’d have to check with him and see if he’s open to it. We’ve had really very little contact (with him); we’re letting him rest. He just fought; it was a very tough fight, so when he’s ready to speak to us about December and the plans for next year, that’s when we’ll start discussing that.”
So if Canelo doesn’t fight in December, is it set in stone that he’ll return on Cinco De Mayo Weekend 2019?
”He’ll definitely fight on Cinco De Mayo. That’s like his date. He took the baton from (Floyd) Mayweather (Jr.), who took it from Oscar, who took it from (Julio Cesar) Chavez and it’s that same lineage, same tradition of fighting in May and September,” stated Gomez, adding, “Who knows? He may want to have an early fight in late-February or March. We really don’t know, so it’s going to be at his discretion and whatever he wants to do, we’ll be here to make it happen.”
As for Golovkin, GGG Promotions’ Tom Loeffler said on Sunday that Golovkin would most likely take the rest of the year off and then re-evaluate his options.
As for the possibility of a third bout, Loeffler said on their end, “It really depends on the options that are out there. If there’s a big fight out there for ‘Triple G,’ now it seems that fighters are actually coming out of the shadows they were hiding under to avoid Triple G. Now they feel it’s safe to get in the ring with him. Like with ‘Jaws,’ it’s (supposedly) safe to get back in the water.”
At 36, Golovkin no longer seems to be at his physical peak and the rematch with Alvarez was one in which he was visibly bruised and he suffered a cut late in the fight, from a clash of heads.
“If there’s some big fights out there, we’ll have to evaluate that,” continued Loeffler, on Sunday afternoon, while still in Las Vegas. “I’m sure the Golden Boy side will evaluate their options with Canelo. It’s clearly Triple G-Canelo I and the rematch was the biggest paydays for both guys. So that leads one to believe that a third fight will be the biggest payday. The second fight was better than the first one and, if that trend continues, you would think that the third fight would be even better. We’ll see what the options are; both these guys are real warriors and two of the top fighters in the sport of boxing and importantly two of the most marketable fighters in the sport of boxing.
“So we would either look for a third fight or we see what the options are. Whether it’s (WBC interim titlist Jermall) Charlo, (WBA “regular” beltholder Ryota) Murata is a big fight, (WBO super middleweight titlist Gilberto) Ramirez, at 168, is a big fighter. There’s a lot of great options out there for (Golovkin). (WBO junior middleweight titleholder Jaime) Munguia, he’s had three big wins since he was slated as a replacement opponent (for Golovkin) when Canelo got suspended for May 5th. So Munguia has really come on strong. That would be a tremendous fight as well.”
It’s not clear how willing some of these fighters will be to get in there with Golovkin without his collection of title belts.
Loeffler, who still obviously still has his sense of humor, cracked, “Floyd looks like he’s going to be active again. So we can fight the winner of Mayweather-(Manny) Pacquiao.”
So what was Gomez’s lasting impression of what became a riveting and memorable middleweight bout last weekend?
“I’m very proud of Canelo, very, very proud of him. He did exactly what he said he was going to do. He really wanted the knockout. He kept Golovkin on his heels pretty much the entire fight and took the fight to him and he got criticized so much for the first fight for boxing too much, moving too much and he said he was going to stand his ground and push him back and he did that and I’m just really proud of him because everybody knows that Golovkin is a dangerous puncher, a dangerous fighter and Canelo threw caution to the wind and dictated the fight,” said Gomez.
This wasn’t just a big victory for Alvarez but for Golden Boy, which badly needed this win. After suffering a string of high-profile losses in 2018, they got the win they needed.
Gomez admitted, “It was huge, a big, big victory but it was victory not only for us, Golden Boy, and Canelo but it was also a victory for boxing and it just proves again, when you have the best fight the best – everybody wins. It was a big celebration and the fight lived up to the hype and I’m proud of that.
“I’m proud of Oscar, of our entire staff at Golden Boy. We said that we wanted to put up good fights, great events, the best fighting the best – everybody wins. Everybody is raving about he event, so I’m really happy for that.”
I got this missive from a longtime reader about last weekend in boxing:
“Hi Steve; it was good to be a boxing fan this past weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed the great fights Friday and Saturday. On Saturday night, I favored Golovkin going in but I was impressed with Canelo’s aggression and I had him winning a close fight. The PPV was expensive but, when it was all over, I did feel I got my money’s worth.
“From my view, the drawback to the big event PPV was that it completely eclipsed the fantastic war from Friday night between (WBC junior welterweight titlist Jose) Ramirez and (Antonio) Orozco. For my money, that all-out, heart-on-the-line, every minute of every round match-up, was the best fight I’ve seen this year and gets my vote to be ‘Fight of the Year.’ But I have not seen anyone else say anything like that, so maybe I was more impressed than my fellow boxing fans.
“Anyway I don’t write often anymore but felt I wanted to express how impressed I was by Ramirez-Orozco and all that they gave of themselves in that wonderful fight.
“Hope you have been well and keep up the great work that you do!
Bill, as always, great to hear from you and, yes, it was certainly a spirited battle between Jose Ramirez and Antonio Orozco in Fresno, California, on Friday night, that saw Ramirez retain his WBC 140-pound belt over the game Orozco.
While the cards weren’t particularly close (119-107 across the board), the action was brisk and the Orozco’s heart was admirable. Fights of this nature certainly shouldn’t be forgotten or overshadowed by more high-profile events.
In both victory and defeat, Ramirez and Orozco were proven winners.
On this week’s edition of “The 3 Knockdown Rule,” Mario Lopez and I give our thoughts on the Canelo-GGG rematch and everything else in the sport of boxing:
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