Canelo promoter says they’re moving on
Oscar De La Hoya has been quoted saying that they are moving on from a rematch with middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin. According to De La Hoya, Golovkin is scared of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
De La Hoya said he would only agree to a bout if Golovkin and his team agreed to the same terms as their Cinco De Mayo rematch that was cancelled due to Alvarez failing multiple drug tests. Alvarez pulled out of the scheduled bout simply because he was slated to get suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Alvarez, who tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol on two separate occasions back in February, was suspended six months by the commission. A turn of events that angered Golovkin, who was very vocal about his opponent failing a drug test.
Golovkin was left without an opponent and his team had to scramble to change venues and find a new opponent. Alvarez submitted hair samples to the commission that tested negative, Golden Boy and Alvarez blamed the failed tests on contaminated meat from Mexico.
De La Hoya has stated that he is moving on from the bout and claims he will be calling on representatives of Daniel Jacobs, Jermall Charlo and Billy Joe Saunders. Jacobs promoter, Eddie Hearn, has since confirmed that he has talked to De La Hoya about a possible matchup.
3KingsBoxing.com was able to contact Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler and he said that he is still in contact with Golden Boy President Eric Gomez but it’s their right to move on if they so choose. He did note however that this is by far the biggest fight for either guy.
Personally speaking I feel that Alvarez will be back against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, due to the fact that O’Sullivan turned down the chance to face Golovkin. O’Sullivan fought the night prior on May 4 against Berlin Abreu, a bout he easily won but made only $20,000 dollars for his effort.
O’Sullivan left about $230,000 dollars on the table and is hard to fathom a fighter turning down that much money, without having a guarantee at a higher payday down the road.
Golden Boy is pretty much acting as if they’re the victim in all of this, whether or not Alvarez did fail his drug tests due to tainted meat, it’s still their fault the bout got cancelled. Is De La Hoya posturing for the cameras and media? Who knows, but this fight now seems further apart than ever before.
Golovkin has choices and those choices will clearly not give him the payday that he would get facing Alvarez. Can his team reach out to the WBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders and look to become the undisputed middleweight champion.
Golovkin also has his IBF mandatory Sergiy Derevyanchenko who he must face by early August, a decision he has appealed and awaiting a decision on now. How is this going to play out, no one knows! Looks like September 15 could be looking a whole lot different than what we all thought.
By: Wilson Urena