Trainer: Canelo Trilogy Won’t Affect GGG’s Network Decision
The future of Gennady Golovkin is all still uncertain, including which major network he will sign with next.
Golovkin is still a free agent, and with HBO now officially out of the boxing game, he is looking for a new home. GGG has had meetings with ESPN, DAZN and Premier Boxing Champions — including a recent, four-hour meeting with DAZN.
This may seem to make DAZN the top contender to land GGG, especially since they also signed an exclusive deal with WBA/WBC Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez and Golovkin battled to a controversial split draw in September 2017 before Canelo won the titles in a rematch almost exactly one year later, handing GGG the first loss of his pro career.
According to GGG’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, however, a potential trilogy bout with Alvarez will not factor into the Kazakhstani fighter’s decision.
“Gennady has talked to everyone and he will decide after Christmas and New Years. He will speak with his lawyer and his family to see what is the best option,” Sanchez told ESPN Deportes. “I’m sure he’ll make the best decision and I don’t think necessarily that a third fight with Canelo will make him sign with a certain network. If the third fight is going to be made, it will happen whether they are on the same network or with different networks. The only thing is that they will be forced to work together, and the important thing is that Gennady is someone that people want to see.”
Alvarez will next fight on Dec. 15, stepping up to super middleweight to challenge WBA “Regular” champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sanchez says there’s no official date for Golovkin’s return to the ring, but he’d like to see it happen in either April or May.
“We discussed the last few days of April or the beginning of May. Everything will depend on the network, on the opponent, on the weight,” Sanchez said. “But it’s fine, he’s had a great career, for me a Hall of Fame career, and he will continue to achieve successes while we continue working.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene