While there are some hurdles to get through, there is a chance that we could finally see a trilogy bout between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin. It is all a matter of what happens over the next few months.
Golden Boy President Eric Gomez spoke to Sky Sports regarding a third fight between the two stars. Mike Coppinger of The Athletic recently stated that Golovkin would not be involved in Canelo talks until at least early 2021. Gomez doubled down on that but stated there is interest, at least on Canelo’s side.
“We have had some discussions about doing the third fight with Golovkin which would be very exciting,” Gomez stated. “He (Canelo) is willing to entertain that third fight. Hopefully, we can surprise everybody by getting that fight going next year.”
Both Canelo (53-1-2) and Golovkin (40-1-1) first fought in 2017. At the time Golovkin was the WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO Middleweight Champion. He fought Canelo to a split decision draw. Controversial, it would take a year for the two to fight one another again. In the rematch in 2018, Canelo beat Golovkin via majority decision, winning the WBA, WBC and The Ring Middleweight Titles.
Since then, Canelo has won the WBA Super-Middleweight Title (v. Rocky Fielding), the IBF Middleweight Title (v. Daniel Jacobs), and the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title (v. Sergey Kovalev). Golovkin was able to beat Steve Rolls before edging Sergiy Derevyanchenko to win the IBF and IBO Middleweight Titles.
Both fights generated a lot of revenue, with a combined $230 million and 2.4 million buys. Since signing a 10-fight, $365 million contract with DAZN in 2018, Canelo has been looking for the next big deal and fight.
“They both realize now that their events were very successful. For them, monetarily, it would be very beneficial to fight again,” Gomez went on to say. “More than anything, the fans are very interested. Both fights were very close and exciting. They both realize that now. They are both open to the fight.”
There are some hills to climb over if a rematch was to happen. Golovkin previously stated that he would be focusing on facing Kamil Szeremeta first before a Canelo trilogy bout. This is a result of stalling on Canelo’s side, according to Golovkin. Other potential fights for Golovkin before Canelo include Chris Eubank Jr., Demetrius Andrade, and even Manny Pacquiao.
As far as Canelo is concerned, he is hoping to fight by September. There are reports that he could face Sergiy Derevyanchenko. A bout with Billy Joe Saunders has been officially nixed as Saunders pulled out of the race. If one British fighter isn’t available, then two might pop up. John Ryder and Callum Smith have both presented a desire to face Canelo. Gomez, however, would prefer to keep Canelo within North America.
“We don’t have to deal with any visa restrictions that have been imposed by the government. If there is someone already here in the US? That helps,” Gomez would state. “It is more difficult now because of the restrictions. The borders are not all open so it isn’t easy to bring some fighters to the US. It all depends on the negotiations. We are not living in the world that we lived in last year. Canelo will be taking a significant pay-cut.”
Only time will tell how each will feel following a layoff due to COVID-19. Both fighters will be keeping an eye on the other heading into 2021.