Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin reach verbal agreement
By Daniel Zaldivar
June 22, 2016
It might not be set in stone, but it's at least a step in the right direction of making the biggest fight possible now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have both stepped into the ring together.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was the third biggest draw in boxing when Mayweather and Pacquiao were still active. Now that both of them have announced their retirements from the sport, Alvarez has now assumed the throne of boxing's biggest superstar. Gennady Golvokin, 34, is considered by many as the biggest threat to the 25-year-old Alvarez.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) and his team have been the more insistent ones in trying to make the fight happen, and Alvarez and his promoter -- Golden Boy, have taken a lesser reserved stance. Managing Director of K2 Promotions (Golovkin's team) Tom Loeffler, recently visited with Eric Gomez (VP of Golden Boy), and revealed a planned bout towards the end of next year, according to ESPN.
The anticipation for this fight has been developing now, for the better part of a year. However, the increasing pressure has been on Alvarez's side, especially after proclaiming in his previous two fights that he was not afraid to fight him [Golovkin].
Alvarez recently vacated the WBC middleweight title that he won from Miguel Cotto back in November, after defending it against Amir Khan this past May. He has not fought above 155 pounds, even though he held the 160 pound middleweight title.
Golovkin has practically cleaned out the 160 pound division and is seen as one of the most dangerous fighters pound-for-pound. He [Golovkin] has stated he will not go down in weight to take the bout with Alvarez, and wants it to be at the actual middleweight limit. CEO of Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, has expressed his desire to let the fight "marinate" in order to grow and build the event.
It is expected that Alvarez will have a few bouts at 160 pounds before his potential meeting with Golovkin, in order to better acclimate to the actual division. This, in all reality, should make for a more competitive matchup, but the criticism Alvarez receives, is coming in on past fight nights at essentially 170-75 pounds. This indicates to many that Alvarez can easily fight at the middleweight class and the whole "building up the fight" is unnecessary.
Regardless of the surrounding circumstances, this news should not come as a surprise to anyone, as Alvarez is the "A" side in the negotiations and a bout can only be made if both athletes are in agreement. Golovkin can now at least be at ease with the recent development, and just has to keep his knockout status continuing in order to create as much interest as possible. Lets just hope he can actually get guys to agree to step into the squared circle with him.
Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & Page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews
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