Will we get Canelo-Golovkin this year?
By Hector Franco
During the entire build up of the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan PPV, the drums were being beaten for a potential bout between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Most of the questions that were sent Alvarez’s way were about Golovkin. Would he be facing Golovkin after this fight? Would he enforce a catch weight on Golovkin? Canelo and his team took to these questions by being somewhat dismissive of Golovkin. Now that Alvarez has gotten past Khan in spectacular fashion, the questions about Golovkin have only increased. The question now for fans is will Canelo step in the ring with Golovkin this year?
Even with the WBC mandating both Canelo and Golovkin’s teams to go into negotiations to come to some conclusion, it is unlikely that these two men will step in the ring with each other this year. Canelo may be willing to concede his WBC title to Golovkin to avoid a fight this year. Golovkin and his team have also taken step aside money multiple times to allow Canelo and former champion, Miguel Cotto to take on other fights. This isn’t to say that a fight between the two men has to take place this year, but what needs to happen is a clear plan for the two men to meet at some point.
Earlier today it was reported by fightnews.com that the negotiations between the two camps are ongoing. According to what was released both camps are working on an agreement for bouts in the interim. It is was also reported that there may not be any bouts in the interim. Canelo is one of the few fighters in the sport that is bigger than the title belts. He has more options available to him than almost any fighter. The two being discussed fought on the undercard of the Canelo-Khan PPV a few weeks ago. Curtis Stevens and David Lemieux both looked impressive on the night of Canelo-Khan. Both fighters especially Lemieux could present challenges to Alvarez. Both men would be the first official true middleweights the young fighter has faced. They are both punchers and would provide an exciting fight. The two middleweights are also common opponents with Golovkin.
For the Kazakhstan fighter the options are much smaller. The biggest match up available to Golovkin sans Canelo is a bout with WBA interim champion, Danny Jacobs. Jacobs was last seen last December where he stopped former middleweight champion Peter Quillin in one round. A bout between the two would be huge in New York. It could potentially sell out either the Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. Golovkin just faced Dominic Wade this past April who is managed by Al Haymon just like Jacobs. This could be a sign that a bout between the two champions could take place.
For Canelo-Golovkin to take place this year, Canelo will have to step up to the plate and demand to his promoter that the bout be made. Golovkin will have to be unwilling to take anymore step aside money. With the recent release of the Canelo-Khan PPV numbers being under 500,000 buys, Golovkin's stock as a major ticket seller on both the east coast and west coast will play a factor in negotiations. The lower than expected PPV numbers could influence if there are bouts before a Canelo-Golovkin showdown. It seems that were headed towards the fight-taking place in 2017. Until then interim bouts with Lemieux, Stevens and Jacobs will satisfy fans. Possibly putting both men on the same card could further help promote a future Canelo-Golovkin clash.
It’s the biggest fight in boxing at the moment. Fans would rather have the fight now than later. Having another long wait like Mayweather-Pacquiao is something that fans want to avoid. Will we see Canelo-Golovkin this year? Probably not, but if promoted correctly it will be just as big or bigger in 2017.
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