GGG Skipping Saunders Fight, Focusing on Canelo
After Gennady Golovkin defeated Danny Jacobs last month, discussions began for a June unification fight with Billy Joe Saunders. That idea did not sit well with Golden Boy Promotions, who represents boxing’s top star and potential future GGG opponent Canelo Alvarez.
According to Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya, Golovkin fighting Saunders in June would derail any chance of a September fight between GGG and Canelo. He argued that a fight between Canelo and GGG would need to be promoted well in advance, and they could not risk something happening in June that could impact the fight.
Now, it seems that Golovkin is not going to risk losing the fight with Canelo at all. According to Yahoo Sports, sources close to Golovkin have said that he will not pursue a June fight with Saunders after all. Instead, his team led by his promoter Tom Loeffler will look to get the deal finalized with Golden Boy so that the Canelo-GGG fight can happen in September.
Loeffler and Golden Boy have been in talks for quite some time, and are hopefully nearing the final stages of negotiations. Canelo, however, will first have to get past Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May.
Assuming that Canelo beats Chavez as he is expected to, the fight that fans have been anticipating for years may finally be coming to fruition this September.