Loeffler: GGG-Saunders Prefered Over Canelo Trilogy
The hype has already begun for the anticipated rematch between unified WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Canelo Alvarez on May 5. The location of the bout is yet to be determined but is expected to be the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden in New York.
Vegas hosted the first bout between the two back in September, which ended in a controversial split draw stemming from a highly disputed and criticized 118-110 scorecard in favor of Alvarez. But the hope is that May will settle things once and for all. And there will likely be one person, in particular, watching the bout closely — the man who holds the only title not on the line in the bout, WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Saunders has previously stated that the winner of the rematch between GGG and Alvarez better not duck him. However, as reported by Boxing Scene, Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, have already begun talking about a potential future trilogy bout.
An immediate rematch clause is not in the contract of the GGG-Canelo rematch.
If one were to ask Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, the focus is on Alvarez right now. With a win, it will shift to Saunders and title unification.
“[A third fight] was something that neither side discussed,” Loeffler said. “Both Eric Gomez [president of Golden Boy Promotions] and I, said that we would worry about the second fight only. Negotiating another clause for the third fight did not make sense. We agreed that whoever wins would decide if a third fight makes sense. There will not be an immediate fight after that.
If there is a third fight, it will not be an immediate trilogy. If Golovkin wins, he will unify the title with Saunders.
Original Story: Boxing Scene