No Interim bouts for Canelo-Golovkin?

No Interim bouts for Canelo-Golovkin?

By Hector Franco

Reports came out earlier this week stating that there will likely be interim bouts for Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin before they meet. It looks like these rumors were false. It was reported yesterday to the L.A. times by the President of K2 promotions, Tom Loeffler, that there are no intentions to have any interim bouts. Both Golden Boy and K2 have agreed to keep negotiations between the two out of the media. The WBC is still upholding its stance that the two sides need to come to some conclusion by May 24th or the Canelo-Golovkin fight will go to purse bid. Loeffler had this to say to the L.A. Times. 

“I can tell you that any reports that there are interim fights being discussed is completely false. We have made it clear to Golden Boy and the WBC that there would be no interim fights or extensions to the purse bid. Canelo got one interim fight. Now he needs to fight Triple G.” - Tom Loeffler

Many fans may see this as a positive and a sign that the bout may take place later this year. Alvarez and Golden Boy can still decide to instead drop the WBC title completely and fight another opponent. Alvarez has many options available to him. A name that has been thrown around is of WBO 154-pound champion, Liam Smith. Smith is currently undefeated and Alvarez could face him at 154. For Alvarez’s part, he did state after his bout with Amir Khan that he would be willing to face Golovkin and face him at 160 pounds. 

“Whether Canelo keeps the title or not is his decision. Naturally, we would prefer to make the fight, as it is the biggest fight in boxing between two middleweight champions and two of the most marketable fighters in the sport today.” - Tom Loeffler

Hopefully, the bout can take place this year or in May of 2017. The bout would be the biggest fight in the sport.  If the tickets were priced correctly putting the bout at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas could produce a crowd of up to 100,000 people. 

 

Source:

Pugmire, L. (2016, May 17). WBC head is 'completely confident' Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight will happen. Retrieved May 17, 2016, from http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-boxing-canelo-golovkin-wbc-sulaiman-20160517-story.html

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