As optimism continues to grow that boxing, probably with no fans in attendance, will be resuming later this Summer, arguably the sport’s top name/draw, Canelo Alvarez, may be ready to move on to a third mega – fight with, Gennady Golovkin.
At least, that’s what the head of his promotional arm had to say Friday to Sky Sports in England.
Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez told Sky exclusively, that there is no finalized contract with English unbeaten Super Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders, who was to have fought Canelo on May 2nd, tentatively in Las Vegas:
???? Could @Canelo fight in the UK?
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) April 17, 2020
On Saunders being the next fight,
“We never finalised. [Saunders] was being considered but there are other considerations that we have. There is no signed contract. It’s up in the air. We were very close to finalising details for this fight when [the coronavirus] hit.
“Once we have a clearer picture, we will revisit everything.
“He will be one of the names considered. He is a talented fighter with a great record and he is a champion.”
The situation is further complicated, because Saunders received an indefinite suspension earlier this month from the British Boxing Board of Control for his ill-humored comments about domestic violence in a social media video.
Next, Gomez agreed, while all the options are on the table for Canelo to fight anywhere in the world, that the proposed Golovkin third battle (likely also for Vegas) is clearly in the mix,
“Possibly. We won’t know until we are ready to start business again. It has a lot to do with where the fight will take place and whether we can have fans. We will get down to the nitty gritty when restrictions are lifted.”
And, as we wrote previously, with Alvarez and Triple G slated to fight each other in September, and the COVID-19 outbreak and uncertainty as to when they could fight other opponents in either June or July, they should instead just move on to targeting their September date.
Golden Boy, Matchroom Boxing and DAZN streaming service know the third Canelo-GGG fight is arguably their collective biggest draw for the remainder of this calendar year, no matter when it’s held.
Now, there is a significant financial argument on where it could be held, either in the United States or elsewhere, and possibly, could fans attend later in the year? Just as with their first two in encounters in September of 2017 and the rematch 12 months later, the live gate of Alvarez-GGG III could represent $20 million or more.
The bottom line is: the earliest Alvarez could be back in the ring, fighting anyone, will be June, and even that is unlikely. This, as a June fight would be 90 days or less away from the window to fight Golovkin in September around Mexican Independence Day.
Obviously, the two sides and DAZN could elect to push that September proposed date back to later in the fall or early winter. But, it still makes sense to have the potential blockbuster fight sooner rather than later.
And Gomez, Golden Boy, Matchroom and DAZN all know it.