GGG On How Saunders Deal Nearly Happened
As the highly anticipated rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez nears, the HBO 24/7 documentary series will return on August 28th. Leading up to the inside look at the September 15th showdown, Golovkin spoke with reporters on how he nearly had a different opponent.
“Of course I wanted the rematch to happen but it was never a worry for me if it did or did not happen,” Golovkin told reporters in a recent interview. “That is because after Canelo failed two random drug tests in February everything changed. After I beat Vanes Martirosyan on May 5, I authorized my promoter Tom Loeffler to begin a new negotiation for the rematch with Canelo.”
“Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions assumed I would fight under the terms of the May 5 rematch and they were unhappy when I gave them my terms. What they refused to admit was that it was their side that changed everything once Canelo failed his drug tests. That was their fault not mine.”
Golovkin claimed that Golden Boy showed a lack of respect for wanting to keep the terms the same as the initial May 5th rematch, telling a reporter that… “My team and I treat everyone we do business with on a professional level… But Golden Boy decided that they would share my proposal with the media and insult me — every day. I guess they thought the media, the event partners, and the fans would agree with them and put pressure on me to accept their terms. It did not make a difference to me.
“It did not make a difference to the fans, they just wanted to see the fight. I knew what I wanted. I knew what was fair. So it was easy to deal with Golden Boy. I did not care what others thought. I am the champion. Canelo was the challenger. If they wanted the rematch, this time it would be on my terms.
At one point it almost seemed that Golovkin was near a deal to fight BIlly Joe Saunders, in-fact Golovkin confirmed that there was a deal in place for them to square off in August.
“How close was I to moving on to another opponent? I actually had. Golden Boy gave me a deadline to accept their latest ‘final offer,'” Golvkin confided.
“They were very public about that too. I had a deal in place to fight WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in August and I was planning to start my training camp in Big Bear. Tom told the Saunders team that if Canelo agreed to my terms we would take that fight first. We were honest with them. That is how we deal with people. One hour after the deadline for Golden Boy’s “final offer” passed, Tom received a call from them saying they would meet my terms and the deal was done.”