GGG Promoter: no deadline for Canelo rematch

Tom Loeffler, the promoter of the unbeaten WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight kingpin, Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1) has confirmed there is no set deadline for which they plan to conclude a deal with Golden Boy Promotions for the highly anticipated rematch between Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2).

Loeffler, did however, stress that if a deal cannot be reached and talks continue to drag on there will come a point where they call a halt to negotiations as they would have to “explore other options” if the talks continue to drag on without any real progress being made or if it becomes readily apparent Canelo does not fancy the rematch yet.

“There’s no hard deadline, but at some point we have to confirm other options if it looks like Canelo doesn’t want to get in the ring with GGG again,” Loeffler told Sky Sports.

Loeffler delved into the back and forth between Golden Boy Promotions as they look to satisfy the overwhelming demand from fans to secure a rematch for the Cinco de Mayo holiday “The Canelo rematch is the biggest fight in the sport of boxing and the priority for GGG. I’m in regular contact with Golden Boy to see if we can make the fight that the fans are demanding to see.”

While Loeffler touched on the importance of giving fans the fights they want to see, but stressed he will not see his fighter’s career stalled for a prolonged period, especially after a quiet 2017 which saw Golovkin only fight twice in the calendar year, an unusual occurrence in what has generally been a very busy career consisting of typically three fights at the bare minimum per year.

“We can’t put Gennady’s career on hold but [a rematch] is the priority. Gennady wants a rematch because this left an unsatisfied taste. Canelo said he won’t fight until May but we have to see if he wants a rematch,” Loeffler concluded.

As we previously reported, De La Hoya could look to exploit the avenue of ‘Canelo’ fighting the winner of the Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux’s WBO world middleweight championship clash on December 16th as an alternative to an immediate Golovkin rematch.


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