Unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin will reportedly rematch Canelo Alvarez on May 5th later this year, and Golovkin's team is expected to sign the deal within "the next few days."
This comes via a report from The LA Times who was told by Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez that the match is set to take place - but with a catch. Gomez revealed that the current contract on the table does not include a rematch clause (quotes via LA Times):
“It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement,” Gomez told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday at a workout in Indio for his welterweight title fighter Lucas Matthysse.
“We want to concentrate on getting this [second Alvarez-Golovkin fight] done and then we can talk about a third fight later.
“I know Canelo’s going to win. I think Canelo figured him out in the last three rounds. Look at that fight. Canelo handled [Golovkin] those last three rounds.
"And this time around, Canelo’s going to have an easier time with him. Not an easy fight, but he has the experience now and he wants this fight.
“We’ve exchanged contracts. We’ve gone through three revisions. I’m hoping for the last revision [Thursday night or Friday] and we’ll see,” Gomez said.
“All the major points have been worked out. There’s some details that are important, but they’re not the major points.”
Alvarez and Golovkin originally fought back in September in one of the most highly-anticipated fights of the year. When it was all said and done many fans believed that Golovkin had done more than enough to earn the decision win after 12 rounds.
In a shocking result, however, the scorecards ended up rendering the bout a draw. It was the first draw of Golovkin's career after starting off 37-0, and the second of Canelo's career.
What are your thoughts on Canelo and Golovkin rematching with one another without a rematch clause? Who do you think will win the bout when it's all said this upcoming May? Do you think Canelo will perform better a second time around? And how did you score the first controversial contest? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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