Golovkin forced to wait on Canelo

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Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is in limbo right now, forced to wait for Saul Canelo Alvarez and his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions to decide whether they want to do the rematch with him on May 5 next year.

Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya wants to wait until David Lemieux fights for a title next month against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. After that, fight De La Hoya and Canelo will possibly decide whether to take the fight with GGG or not. In the meantime, Golovkin will be made to wait on them.

“We will wait [to resume negotiations until] after Lemieux-Saunders,” said De La Hoya to ESPN Deportes. “After that fight we will think about it.”

The part where De La Hoya says, “We’ll think about it,” which means that Canelo and Golden Boy are in the power position to call the shots. If they want the Golovkin fight, they’ll take. Otherwise, Golovkin will need to sit and wait in the boxing gym. When you someone that lets you know that you’re in a secondary position with them, you can either take the treatment or just move on and forget about them.

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Golovkin would do himself a world of good if he did move on, because when Golden Boy and Canelo wants the rematch with Triple G, they’ll let him now. Until then, it’s a waste of time for Golovkin and Loeffler to be hanging and waiting on Canelo. They should have already told him to get lost, and move on. It just shows weakness on Golovkin and Loeffler’s part that they’re sitting and waiting on Canelo and Golden Boy.

“We can’t put Gennady’s career on hold but [a rematch] is the priority,” said Loeffler to Sky Sports. “Gennady wants a rematch because this left an unsatisfied taste. Canelo said he won’t fight until May, but we must see if he wants a rematch. The Canelo rematch is the biggest fight in the sport of boxing and the priority for GGG. I’m in regular contact with [Alvarez’s promoters] Golden Boy to see if we can make the fight that the fans are demanding to see.”

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Lemieux is with Golden Boy promotions too, along with Canelo. It’s an in-house fight if the two of them face each other. That’s obviously not the main reason why Lemieux is being considered for Canelo’s next fight. The other reasons are as follows:

• Lemieux is less of a threat to beating Canelo compared to Golovkin

• Lemieux is popular enough to bring in PPV buys on HBO for a fight with Canelo. Lemieux isn’t as popular as Golovkin, but he’s less of a threat to beating Canelo. Golden Boy doesn’t want Canelo to lose. Putting him in with Lemieux is the best way to keep Canelo from getting beaten

• Lemieux vs. Canelo would be an in-house fight with Golden Boy