We are one step closer to seeing the “Triple G-Canelo rubber match” this fall. This after Friday morning, former undisputed middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and the DAZN streaming service worked out a three-year, six-fight agreement.
Boxingscene.com senior writer and columnist, Keith Idec, had the info on the deal:
Golovkin's opponent for his first fight on DAZN is TBD. Let's just say it won't be someone anywhere near as good as Demetrius Andrade. Nor should it be, because the goal is for him to fight Canelo in September if Canelo gets past Jacobs (no forgone conclusion, obviously).
— Keith Idec (@Idecboxing) March 8, 2019
As idec reported and DAZN confirmed Friday morning, the deal has Golovkin not only fighting, but also having three of his promotional cards to be streamed on the service.
DAZN Group Executive Chairman John Skipper said in their statement:
“DAZN has quickly become the new home of boxing by making the biggest events easily available to the fans,” said Golovkin. “When deciding on where I wanted to continue my career, DAZN’s global vision perfectly matched my goals – not just for my career but the opportunity to showcase talented Eastern European fighters to the world. Thank you to my fans for all of the loyal support and I look forward to you joining me on DAZN.”
“Gennady Golovkin is a generational talent with international appeal,” said Skipper. “We’re confident he will bring his passionate fans to the platform as we produce tentpole events with his team over the next several years.”
As we wrote about last month, and it’s now confirmed, GGG’s first fight is slated to be a tune-up and will be after Anthony Joshua-“Big Baby” Miller Heavyweight Title showdown June 1st at Madison Square Garden, possibly on June 15th.
That’s also the historic venue, where Golovkin headlined, as the main event two previous times in 2015 and again, in 2017.
Meanwhile, Alvarez will defend the middleweight belts that he won off of Golovkin in the Las Vegas desert in a May 4th showdown against IBF champ, Daniel Jacobs.
Victories by both Canelo and Triple G will set up a rematch likely in September or October between the the two of them.
Their first fight ended in a controversial draw in September of 2017 and then, Alvarez was awarded a questionable Split Decision in the rematch late last year. Those remain the only blemishes on Golovkin’s record as a professional. He’s 38-1-1.
Father time is also an obstacle for Golovkin, who will turn 37 years old next month, and that’s another reason this timeline is expedited with DAZN for the pending third fight with Alvarez.