By Rich Cheney: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin wants a rematch against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in this year, but the Mexican star has no interest in getting back into the ring for Triple G until May of next year at the earliest.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says they won’t wait around for Canelo. They plan on staying busy by fighting the best available opponent in December.
Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya did not seem eager to make the Golovkin rematch when discussing it at the post-fight press conference after the fight last Saturday night. It’s possible that De La Hoya is breathing a sigh of relief that his golden goose Canelo dodged a sure fire defeat against Golovkin with the controversial scoring by the judges, who scored the fight a 12 round draw instead of a loss for Canelo.
It might be better for Golden Boy to wait until Golovkin ages a little more before putting Canelo back in with him. If they can put GGG on deep freeze for another 2 years, he should be deteriorated enough for Canelo to beat him without the help of the judges. Canelo was fortunate that 2 of the judges decided that he had better than what he actually had against Golovkin. Canelo clearly deserved a big fat loss last Saturday night instead of a victory. The scoring was out of this world bad.
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) failed to get a victory against Canelo (49-1-2, 34 KOs) last Saturday night in fighting to a 12 round draw at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first time in GGG’s career that he’d failed to get the ‘W’ in a fight. Golovkin found out the hard way that beating the highly popular Canelo by a decision is near impossible unless you’re more popular than him like Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Gennady wants to fight before May but, if they commit to a rematch, we’ll have to see if that makes sense,” said Loeffler to skysports.com. ”We can’t put Gennady’s career on hold but [a rematch] is the priority. Gennady wants a rematch because this left an unsatisfied taste. Canelo said he won’t fight until May but we have to see if he wants a rematch.”
Golovkin’s options for his next fight come down to these fighters:
• Miguel Cotto – A good option for Golovkin, but Cotto likes to fight a catch-weights. He’s not going to likely want to fight Golovkin at the full weight for the middleweight division, which would be a deal-breaker. Cotto is not going to want to fight someone dangerous like Golovkin without an edge by using a catch-weight.
• Billy Joe Saunders – This has to be seen as the No.1 choice for Golovkin.
• Jermall Charlo – This would be a good opponent, but Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says they won’t fight him until 2018 and only then if the World Boxing Council orders the fight
• Sergiy Derevyanchenko – The Ukrainian 2012 Olympic bronze medalist recently beat Tureano Johnson by a 12 round unanimous decision in an IBF middleweight eliminator. This is another difficult that GGG likely won’t take until he’s ordered by the IBF