Canelo looking at a unification or an in-house promotional clash!
In a somewhat surprising turn of events Golden Boy Promotions and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have moved off of Sergey Kovalev as an opponent and appear to be looking at stablemate and WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26KOs). In addition, they have also targeted WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17KOs).
While it’s not a surprise that a fight between these two is on the table due to their promotional ties and the previous mention of the super welterweight champion moving up to face Canelo post his fight with Dennis Hogan. However, the timing of this seems rather dubious. First Munguia is coming off of a terrible performance against Hogan in a bout many observers felt he lost.
It’s also somewhat of a letdown after talks of a possible trilogy with Gennady Golovkin and a super-fight with Sergey Kovalev were under consideration. However on July 2, Munguia’s co-promoter Fernando Beltran revealed they have an offer on the table to face Alvarez on the coveted September 14 date.
K2 Promotions and Gennady Golovkin are also targeting Munguia for their next opponent. This would be immensely disappointing with both Andrade, and WBC champion Jermall Charlo available.
In a perfect world, fans would be treated to some form of tournament where Alvarez, Charlo, Golovkin, and Andrade all participate. A fight with Charlo would be more difficult to make due to his PBC ties.
The motives of both Golovkin and Alvarez are plain to see. K2 and GGG would like to preserve themselves as much as possible until the trilogy is made. Golden Boy and Canelo are looking to force some wear and tear on the former champion as well as having him carry his share of the promotional load.
In more recent developments, the WBO champion has also been mentioned as a possible opponent September 14. Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has reached out to Eddie Hearn to negotiate the unification.
Don’t get too excited as it’s still early in the process, however, to hear both Hearn and Gomez confirm that talks have begun is music to the ears of fans who wants to see this fight.
What We Know
- Golovkin is seemingly out of the Canelo Alvarez sweepstakes until at least 2020.
- WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev received what his team consider a “low-ball offer.” He also has a fight with #1 contender Anthony Yarde set for August 24.
At 3kingsboxing.com we’ll continue to monitor this intriguing story and provide an update as to who will get the lottery ticket!
By: Corey Cunningham & Jerrell Fletcher