GGG Talks Taking 45% While Canelo Refuses To Talk
The flood gates have opened in the wake of Gennady Golovkin agreeing to a September 15th rematch against Canelo Alvarez.
In a story published this week, Golovkin told the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire that he knew his worth and made Golden Boy give in. “I agreed to do 45 because I thought this is exactly how much I was worth,” Golovkin told reporters in Los Angeles Monday.
“And they just confirmed exactly how much it was worth. They knew that.”
As reported on Monday, Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler had a backup plan in a unification fight with Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders, who was injured in the lead up to his scheduled June 23rd fight with Martin Murray, would have had a unification fight with Golovkin on August 25th at the Forum.
“We had four to five meetings when Gennady was in Russia and he was adamant, ‘What happens, happens. This [45 percent] is what it’s going to be and, if not, we have another fighter,’” Sanchez said. “He wasn’t concerned that last hour [beyond Alvarez’s deadline]. It is what it is. We’ll go fight somebody else.”
“The gloves are off for this promotion,” Loeffler said, referring to animosity between both camps. The heat between the two sides is so intense, that Alvarez has refused to do a joint press conference or any face-to-face conversations involving Golovkin leading up to fight week.
“I think he cannot look into my eyes because he knows I’m correct,” Golovkin said in regards to claims he made about Alvarez planning to cheat taking clenbuterol.
Sanchez said Alvarez is “robbing the fans” by refusing to have a public faceoff to announce tickets being on-sale.
“Many fans, especially the Latins and bettors, look at the guys together and say, ‘You see how that one’s flinching, how he’s scared?’ Certain fans want to see that, and it robs them of that opportunity to see that … just because Canelo’s still acting like a diva and saying, ‘I’m bigger than that … .’”
“Now, we have a real fight,” he said. “I’m always motivated because I am the champion. It is him who has to be motivated, because he needs to prove himself.”
Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has scheduled a Wednesday meeting with Loeffler to potentially bridge the gap and get a joint news conference announced.
“Canelo originally told me, ‘I don’t want anything to do with [Golovkin] until fight week,’ but he also understands the business, so we’re going to see if we can make it work,” Gomez said.
Original Story: Los Angeles Times