Canelo: I Want GGG Rematch In May
In an interview with ESPN DEPORTES, Canelo Alvarez made it clear that he wants the rematch with Gennady Golovkin, but prioritized it being in May of 2018, more than likely on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
The call to action for an immediate rematch was due to the controversial score cards, including Adelaide Byrd’s 118-110 card for Alvarez.
And while there is an immediate rematch clause in the contract, the two sides are currently negotiating the terms for a fight on Cinco De Mayo weekend, more than likely in Las Vegas.
“For me the priority is [the rematch]. Right now I’m going to rest, but the priority is the tiebreaker in May. We will try to make the fight, do the best we can do to make it in May.”
“It’s up to them [if they want to make a deal for the rematch], I’m in for the tiebreaker. We have to negotiate, we’re ready, it’s my priority for May.”
Although AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and Las Vegas’ T-Mobile arena are the top targets, nothing has been decided yet, and the only sticking point has been from Alvarez regarding the fight taking place on Cinco De Mayo.
Golden Boy executives began the negotiations a few days ago for the rematch between the two top middleweights, and there is hope that there will be an announcement before the end of 2017.
In addition, the World Boxing Council has sanctioned the GGG and Canelo rematch at their annual conference. That announcement by the WBC gives Golovkin additional time to make his mandatory defense against top challenger Jermall Charlo.