Canelo-GGG II May Happen In March Or May
Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez indicated Tuesday at the press conference for Miguel Cotto’s next fight, that it’s possible their middleweight championship rematch could take place prior to the much talked about May 5th date.
Gomez acknowledged that it would be difficult resist setting the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin for Cinco de Mayo, which is viewed as a big fight weekend, and where many of Alvarez’s fights have fallen the past few years.
In regards to a March fight date, Gomez was coy about it.
“That’s open to discussions. We’ve talked about maybe doing it a little sooner, maybe in March. But it’s hard to compete with May. It’s a very good pay-per-view month.”
Alvarez has fought on the first Saturday in May each of the past two years in pay-per-view fights against Amir Khan (2016) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (this year). Alvarez also said following his 12-round draw with Golovkin on September 16 that he won’t return to the ring until May 5.
No matter what the next fight for either Alvarez and Golovkin is against one another. And while they are not contractually obligated to an immediate rematch, it clearly is the most meaningful, profitable fight available to Alvarez and Golovkin.
Negotiations have been on-going and according to Gomez, we may learn more soon.
“The Monday after the fight, we started talking… I actually have a meeting tomorrow [Wednesday] again with Tom, and we’re close. But that’s the fight we want, that’s what Canelo wants and it deserves a rematch.”
Alvarez could fight someone else next and push back the Golovkin rematch to September 2018, but he seems more interested in proving he can beat the Kazakh knockout artist.
“He felt he won the fight… He felt he did good. He felt he didn’t get credit for a lot of the body punches he threw, because he landed a lot to the body. He out-worked Golovkin to the body and he didn’t get credit for this defense, so he was a little upset about that. But he also knows now that all he has to do is adjust a little bit, and he feels that he can easily beat him.”