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.
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.
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.
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