Golden Boy CEO Says May 5th
Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said earlier tonight that a rematch between his fighter Canelo Alvarez, 49-1-2, 34 KO, and middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, 37-0-1, 33 KO, will take place next May, during Cinco De Mayo weekend.
On September 16th, Canelo challenged Golovkin for the IBO, IBF, WBA, WBC middleweight titles at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The HBO Pay-Per-View main event ended in a controversial twelve round split draw. A score of 118-110 by judge Adelaide Byrd in favor of Canelo created a s**tstorm of controversy and a lot of social media buzz.
Earlier this week 3KingsBoxing.com reported (link below) that Golden Boy President, Eric Gomez said Canelo had agreed to May 5th for the fight. Gomez also said the location wasn’t decided but according to De La Hoya it’ll be at T-Mobile Arena once again;
“We’re working on that for Cinco De Mayo of next year… in Las Vegas, at the same place T-Mobile. But that fight is definitely gonna happen. That’s the big fight… it’s gonna be huge. If people didn’t see the first one, wait until the second one – it’s gonna be huge,” De La Hoya said.
The only snafu, so to speak, is next month’s fight between WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and challenger David Lemieux.
Lemieux is also promoted by Golden Boy. Should he win the WBO – which is the only belt Golovkin doesn’t have – he could become a bargaining chip for Golden Boy to get a Golovkin deal finalized or possibly threaten to go ahead with a Lemieux/Canelo bout. It has been done before….
By: Chris “C-Bone” Henderson