Despite everything that's happened over the past couple of months, there's still a slight chance that Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez could still have their rematch against one another.
The Mexican's team, however, has recently sent the Kazakhstani's camp an ultimatum in order to make the rematch happen as soon as possible, and they have a backup plan in case he declines too.
After their first fight ended in a draw, Triple G and Canelo were supposed to fight again in May this year, but due to the Mexican testing positive in two random urine tests for the banned substance clenbuterol, the fight was cancelled.
Canelo is now banned from boxing until August/September time later this year, and he wants to return to the ring as soon as possible, which is why his team has proposed a rematch against Golovkin for around this time. However, they want it booked quickly.
Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez told ESPN on Tuesday that they have issued the unified middleweight world champion a deadline of 12 pm PT on Wednesday to accept the offer they have made for a rematch against Alvarez on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Gomez said the final offer is a 57½-42½ split in Alvarez’s favor, and if the Kazakstani walks away from the deal they'll look to finalize a deal for the Mexican to face a recent Golovkin opponent in Daniel Jacobs on that date instead.
The Golden Boy Promotions president said: “This is final. We’ve been through everything. We’ve been through the hoops, the monkey bars, the slides. No more playing games. He has until noon (PT) to accept or walk away. If he walks away, good luck to him.”
Golovkin had initially agreed to a 65-35 deal in Alvarez’s favor and then changed his mind and demanded 50-50. Golden Boy eventually relented and upped its offer to 60-40 with GGG countering at 55-45. The final offer now is between those last two proposals.
Alvarez is already getting ready for either Golovkin or Jacobs, as he was seen back in the gym just two months after having arthroscopy surgery to repair the internal femoral cartilage and eliminate a pathological fold of his right knee.