De La Hoya Claims GGG Is Scared Of Canelo, Alvarez Moving On
It seems that once again the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will not be happening, at least according to Oscar De La Hoya.
Per an interview with The Ring, De La Hoya claims that he and Golden Boy Promotions (who promote Alvarez), are looking at new options for Alvarez’ September 15th return to the ring.
“It’s clear to us that Golovkin doesn’t want to fight Canelo,” De La Hoya said during a phone interview. “It’s clear to us that after all the demands that they made, after Canelo having to do the hair follicle test, having to enroll in VADA, having to be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly even before he was enrolled in VADA, it’s clear that GGG is afraid.
“So we’re going to move on and I’m going to start making phone calls to (Daniel Jacobs’) people, to (Billy Joe) Saunders’ people, start making calls to (Jermall) Charlo and (Spike) O’Sullivan.”
De La Hoya said that Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, claimed that GGG “doesn’t want to fight. That’s all Tom said. They’re not going have a better deal than what they have now.”
Loeffler has been attempting to secure a better deal for Golovkin, after Alvarez failed twice for the fat burning PED clenbuterol in February, and his fighter has been throwing shade at Alvarez ever since.
“If they want to go in a different direction, they’re entitled to, but I think that speaks more to Canelo,” Loeffler told THE RING. “GGG is not afraid to fight anybody in the middleweight division. He made a lot of (financial) sacrifices for the first fight and the rematch. And since the rematch was cancelled he wants a more equitable percentage.
“The situation with the IBF, he puts that on Canelo. If the Canelo fight happened in May, there wouldn’t be an issue with the title. There are a lot of issues that arose because of Canelo’s positive test. He wants to be fairly compensated.”
While Golovkin has filed for an exception to permit a voluntary defense against Alvarez with the IBF, it might not matter anymore.
“It’s fine, go and deal with your IBF mandatory, whoever he is, I believe he has 11 fights, go deal with him, make a million-and-a-half and good luck,” De La Hoya said. “There’s no better deal for him out there for (a fight with) anybody.
“He’s afraid to lose against Canelo, what else do we have to do to make the fight? He’ll make a 20-plus million payday. He’ll be able to redeem and maybe put a stamp on what happened in the first fight and give the fight fans what they want to see. What other hoops do we have to go through? We’ve complied with everything.”
De La Hoya is willing to go ahead with the rematch under the terms agreed to for May 5, but De La Hoya is standing firm with the original deal struck for their originally scheduled May 5th rematch.
“It depends on how fast I can make a deal with Jacobs or Charlo or Saunders,” De La Hoya remarked when asked if a deal can still be struck for Canelo-GGG 2. “It can still happen, (but) I’m not going to wait around for anybody.
“To stage a big pay-per-view like we are in September, we need at least three months. The clock is ticking and we’re going to keep moving. I have my first choices, top of my list is somebody like a Charlo, a Saunders, Danny Jacobs.”
Original Story: The Ring