It's understandable that Gennady Golovkin may have lost patience awaiting a rematch with Saul Alvarez.
Canelo's temporary suspension following two failed drugs' tests, for which he was later cleared, saw him pull out of their May 5th date, with GGG instead making do with a thunderous victory over Vanes Martirosyan in the second round.
Now that his original opponent is free to fight again, it had been hoped the Mexican would challenge in September of this year.
Yet, Alvarez's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya has been growing increasingly frustrated as Golovkin no longer seems all that interested, despite the fact he could make around $20million from a second fight.
Their split draw was controversial because many felt the Kazakhstani had performed much better, so he may not feel the need to justify himself by meeting Canelo again.
De La Hoya, on the other hand, has another explanation of why the 36-year-old hasn't signed a deal, though it's a very bold claim:
“It’s clear to us that Golovkin doesn’t want to fight Canelo,” the boxing legend told RingTV.
“It’s clear to us that after all the demands that they made, after Canelo having to do the hair follicle test, having to enroll in VADA, having to be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly even before he was enrolled in VADA, it’s clear that GGG is afraid."
Who else is on the cards?
That poses the question of who Canelo could fight instead upon his return and it seems there are four possible options.
“So we’re going to move on and I’m going to start making phone calls to (Daniel Jacobs’) people, to (Billy Joe) Saunders’ people, start making calls to (Jermall) Charlo and (Spike) O’Sullivan," De La Hoya added.
Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders will be the fight many would like to see. The turnaround on that could be a little tricky as the Brit won't face Martin Murray until June because of a hand injury.
As intriguing as those potential bouts may be, they still won't give Canelo the chance to compete for the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBC middleweight belts, which Golovkin retained against Martirosyan.
That will add to the disappointment of the last few months, but at least it looks as if he'll be getting back in the ring soon enough even if he has to look elsewhere.
Who do you want to see Canelo fight? Have your say in the comments.
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