It seems that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is pulling out all the stops to make a rematch between Canelo Alvarez and BF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin happen.
Last September Golovkin and Canelo met inside the ring in Las Vegas. Although many fans think that Golovkin won the bout via decision rather handily, the judges determined that the fight was a Majority Draw.
Earlier this year it was announced that the highly-anticipated middleweight title rematch was set to go down on May 5th. Just when fans thought all was well - the Boxing gods decided to pull the fight from existence.
This past March Canelo tested positive for a banned substance, clenbuterol, which he blamed on contaminated meat in Mexico that he ate.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) would later hand Canelo a six month suspension as a result, meaning his fight with Golovkin had been called off. Golovkin immediately scrambled to find a new opponent and keep his promise to fans - that he'd fight on May 5th.
He was able to fight Vanes Martirosyan in California on May 5th and won the bout via second round knockout. If a rematch is to take place, Canelo's suspension would allow it to happen as soon as September 15th for Independence Day weekend.
Despite this, now there is concern that the rematch might not even happen at all. Golovkin recently noted in an interview with Yahoo Sports that he believes there's a 10 percent chance the fight happens:
“I would say it’s about a 10 percent probability at this point that it happens,” Golovkin told Yahoo Sports. “I would say only about 10 percent that it happens.
“I think 10 percent is high; it’s bigger than it should be. I made 99 percent of the concessions for the fight with Canelo on May 5. Ninety-nine percent of them were by me, and now he’s the one not here.”
It looks like Canelo's promoter and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya heard this, and he's not happy. He took to social media to try and taunt Golovkin into signing the fight contract for the rematch.
He claims that while Golovkin is making $3 million, Canelo can make $40 million without him. Here's what he had to say (via Boxing Scene):
"In the mean time, Golovkin is making 3 million and Canelo is making 40 million without you. Sign the contract, [you're] scared, stop crying," De La Hoya stated on social media."
What are your thoughts on De La Hoya trying to taunt Golovkin into signing the contract to fight? Do you think that the rematch is going to happen? And who are you picking if they decide to run things back a second time around? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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