Negotiations underway for Canelo-Golovkin III

A trilogy clash between bitter rivals Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is inching closer to reality after Golden Boy President Eric Gomez revealed talks are underway for another mega-fight in 2021.

Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs) appeared highly unfortunate to draw their first encounter (when Adalaide Byrd tallied her barely believable 118-110 card for Alvarez) in September 2017 while Canelo impressed with his machismo to seize the rematch by majority decision one year later. Both fights justified their pre-fight hype and another classic seems all but guaranteed.

A third meeting would likely take place in May 2021 to commemorate the annual Cinco De Mayo celebrations, with fans hopefully able to attend following the disruption and misery caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

“We have had some discussions about doing the third fight with Golovkin, which would be very exciting,” Gomez told Sky Sports. “[Canelo] is willing to entertain that third fight. Hopefully, we can surprise everybody by getting that fight going next year.

“They both realise now that their events were very successful. For them, monetarily, it would be very beneficial to fight again.

“More than anything, the fans are very interested. Both fights were very close and exciting. They both realise that now. They are both open to the fight.”

Meanwhile, four-weight champion Canelo (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is set to return behind closed doors on September 14 with British fighters Callum Smith, John Ryder and Chris Eubank Jr. among those in the running as a possible opponent.

IBF middleweight king Golovkin has a mandatory engagement to fulfil against Polish contender Kamil Szeremeta.