A fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gennady Golovkin isn't signed yet, but it keeps looking like it's only a mere formality. Today, RingTV.com is reporting that while negotiations are still taking place for the super middleweight showdown, the scheduled date for the card to take place is being moved back a week to July 19. This is simply to accommodate for the FIFA World Cup of Soccer which concludes on July 13. It is still planned to be at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, which handles Golovkin, had this add:
"With Chavez, we've been in contact with Top Rank and that's a fight that Gennady has always been interested in and from what Top Rank says, it's one that Chavez is interested in. So when you have two fighters wanting to fight each other, usually, all of the details can be worked out. So that's the process we're involved in right now. It's just about working out the details to see if we can make the fight happen."
On the mourning of Golovkin's father's passing:
"The 40-day mourning period will be over on Saturday and then he's planning on going back to Germany to be with his wife and son on Monday. If everything works out with the Chavez fight, then we're planning on bringing him to the Pacquiao - Bradley fight on April 12."
This isn't earth-shaking news, really, but it does move the potential fight closer to Canelo Alvarez's next scheduled card which is to take place on July 26. It hasn't been guaranteed that Chavez/Golovkin would be on pay-per-view, but it's a strong possibility. Moving it to a week before Canelo's fight (who has yet to name an opponent) could be seen as direct competition as Chavez and Canelo are both Mexicans and, thus, will be fighting over the same audience. It's not rocket science to know that fans won't want to pay for PPV's two weeks in a row.
What do you think about Chavez/Golovkin being moved closer to Canelo's next fight? Would you prefer to order it over, say, Canelo/Lara?