It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could go in different directions in their next fights. The original plan was for Canelo and Golovkin to negotiate a rematch for May 5 next year so that the two fighters could quite the controversy surrounding their previous fight on September 16, which was ruled a 12 round draw.
However, Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya is saying that David Lemieux is a strong option for him if he’s unable to negotiate a rematch with Golovkin. For his part, Golovkin’s name has been mentioned with the new WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata for a potential fight between them in early 2018.
If a deal can’t get made between Canelo and Golovkin, then it’s possible that the two fighters will do in different directions to take at least 1 interim fight before they likely face each other in September next year.
Golovkin vs. Murata wouldn’t attract a lot of interest in the U.S with the boxing public, but it would play out well in Japan. For Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler, it would be a nice business fight.
It would be like Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor in terms of it being an event rather than a true fight. Murata looked very, very limited in his recent win over Hassan N’Dam last Sunday night. The way that Murata looked, he would be beaten by a lot of the top contenders in the middleweight division.
Murata would be a huge step down for Golovkin from the last 2 guys he’s faced in Canelo and Danny Jacobs. The U.S boxing public would prefer to see Golovkin fight Canelo or Jacobs again rather than seeing him face an obscure fighter like Murata, who is arguably a paper champion with the WBA strap he’s holding.
Jermall Charlo would be a much better choice for Golovkin if the idea was for him to fight an exciting opponent, but that’s obviously a dangerous fight for him to be taking. It looks like Loeffler doesn’t want to put Golovkin in a risky fight before he faces Canelo in a rematch.
Canelo doesn’t have a lot of options though for him to burn through different opponents while letting the Golovkin rematch marinate. There are not a lot of safe fights for the smallish 5’8” Canelo to take. It comes down to David Lemieux, Ryota Murata and Billy Joe Saunders as the 3 most winnable fights for Canelo among the top guys in the division.
If Golovkin is going to face Murata next, then that removes one of the options for Canelo. Lemieux and Saunders are fighting on December 16. The loser of that fight will no longer be a viable option for Canelo as well. So, what Canelo has is maybe 1 or 2 guys that he can fight that are relatively risk free matches for him before he would be asked to face someone really good like one of the following fighters at 160:
• Daniel Jacobs
• Jermall Charlo
• Sergiy Derevyanchenko
• Demetrius Andrade
Golovkin has it easier, because he’s got the size and the power to face and beat those guys. When I talk about size, I mean the height, reach and the jab to win. Canelo is only 5’8”, and he doesn’t have the wing span to deal with guys like Andrade, Charlo, Jacobs, Andrade and Derevyanchenko.