Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler are checking out the giant-sized AT& T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for a possible site for his next fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez or someone else if that fight can’t be made.
Golovkin is in Texas right now as part of an agreement he’s made with Tecate Beer brand, and while he and Loeffler are in the state, they’re checking on the availability of AT&T Stadium. This is an ideal location as far as they’re concerned for a fight against Canelo.
There still isn’t a signed rematch with Canelo for GGG. Canelo wants the rematch, but only if the negotiations are to his liking. If not, then Canelo is ready to walk away and fight someone else. The backup plan for Golden Boy is to face the winner of the December 16 fight between WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux.
It’s an easy fight for Golden Boy to make, as Lemieux is with Golden Boy, and Saunders has been pushing hard for a big money fight. Canelo could bring him that fight by facing him on HBO PPV.
“It’s great to see my friend Chad Estis of the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas. It’s a great city to fight,” Golovkin said on his Twitter on Tuesday about Etis, the executive vice president of business operations for the Cowboys.
Texas was an option for the first fight on September 16, but Golden Boy went with Las Vegas, Nevada, which worked out well for them, as Canelo was given a 12 round draw against Golovkin. The sports writers on press row overwhelmingly had Golovkin winning the fight. Boxing News Results saw Golovkin winning 9 rounds to 3.
The scoring by the Nevada State Athletic Commission assigned judges saved Canelo from a near certain loss against Golovkin. Canelo and Golden Boy are fine with the rematch with Golovkin taking place in Las Vegas again. Golovkin and Loeffler want a different venue, and Texas would be perfect for them.
There’s no indication that Golden Boy and Canelo will ever agree to fight Golovkin in Texas. If Golovkin insists on the second fight with Canelo being made in Texas, he could lose the fight for the time being. That’s not to say the fight won’t eventually happen down the line, but Golden Boy might wait until Golovkin has aged more and is more amenable to letting them have their way of making the rematch in Las Vegas.
Texas could work for Golovkin even if he doesn’t get Canelo. WBA World middleweight champion Ryota Murata has expressed interest in fighting Golovkin, and his next fight is supposed to be in the U.S. Murata captured the WBA World 160lb. title last Sunday with a 7th round stoppage win over Hassan N’Dam in Tokyo, Japan. Canelo would then face the winner of the Saunders-Lemieux fight next. After those fights, negotiations between Canelo and Golovkin can restart for a fight in the second half of 2018 in September on the Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend.
Earlier this month, Loeffler stated at the World Boxing Council convention that they would be interested in staging Golovkin’s next fight at Cowboy’s Stadium, with Canelo or without him.