Potential Canelo Bout On The Table For Golden Boy’s Return
Recently, it was announced that Golden Boy is looking to make its return around July 4. Among the fighters looking to return to action is 21-year-old Ryan Garcia, with an opponent to be determined. Golden Boy is looking to follow the UFC’s lead, as they recently hosted UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida this past weekend.
As far as what will be happening with events, Golden Boy President Eric Gomez explained to Boxing Scene that several factors need to be in place for everything to go according to plan. If Golden Boy is expecting to put on events in either California or Las Vegas, where there is still a hold on combat sports taking place, they must adhere to the proper guidelines of safety.
“We envision shows without fans and, at some point, with fans, but what the specifications are for a return to shows with fans I don’t know,” Gomez stated. “We don’t know if that will be this year or not, but we’ll have to follow whatever the guidelines are from federal government, state government. They might say no shows with fans until there’s a vaccine. I don’t know.”
Gomez also brought up the idea of testing that’s fast enough to detect anything to help out the promotion. This is what Top Rank’s Bob Arum has been also looking into. The commissions are working with the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory to keep everything in check.
Arum has previously stated he would most likely not hold events without an audience with big fighters like Tyson Fury on it. When it comes to who would be competing on the events besides Garcia, Golden Boy has not ruled out top fighters like Canelo Alvarez.
“We’re going to discuss it and start having talks about it with DAZN, with Canelo, with everybody involved,” Gomez went on to say. “If it’s something Canelo would approve and he’s up for it, and we can make it work for everyone involved, we’re going to do it. What matters is if Canelo is in agreement with it and is willing to do it, and then we’ll go from there.”
The 29-year-old Canelo (53-1-2), a multiple-time middleweight champion, has been rumored to be facing Billy Joe Saunders for a while now. The bout would be for Saunders’ WBO Super-Middleweight Title and was originally on the schedule for May 2. There is also the plan for him to face Gennadiy Golvokin again at some point after the summer.
While the UFC was able to hold an event, they had to worry about fighters testing positive for the coronavirus. Ronaldo Souza tested positive the night before fight night, and his bout was nixed. When it comes down to it, the testing the UFC provided was able to indicate who was ready and who was not. This is all a test run for sports coming back, something Gomez understands.
“Everybody is keeping a close eye on the UFC,” Gomez stated. “We’ll get a full report on what happened with UFC, what was required, how they did it. We’re in a hurry to get back to business and get back to doing fights again but we’re not in that much of a hurry if it’s not safe and sound. We have to take it seriously.”
“There’s no textbook, no rulebook you can go look at and say this is the way this should be done. Some of it will be trial and error and we’re all going to have to adapt.”