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Golovkin-Alvarez negotiations extended as sides work towards deal

The current plan is for Golovkin to fight in February/March and Alvarez in May before facing one another in the fall.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

It looks like Gennady Golovkin vs. "Canelo" Alvarez might actually happen.

According to ESPN, K2 Promotions and Golden Boy are making progress in their negotiations and have elected to extend yesterday's deadline in an effort to put the fight together. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman made the following statement.

"That bout carries enormous implications and is of great importance for boxing, both in terms of history and for the future of the sport," Sulaiman said. "Many details must be addressed for a super fight of that magnitude to actually occur. The boxers’ respective promoters, Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions, have been communicating in good faith to finalize the details of the negotiations for the contest to come to fruition.

"Recognizing that their discussions have been ongoing, the WBC has given the parties the flexibility to continue to work amicably to finalize terms, with the ultimate goal being that the two champions meet in the ring."

Golovkin is currently Alvarez's mandatory for the latter's newly-won middleweight title, and should the fight not materialize, "Canelo" could be stripped.

Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) systematically dismantled the dangerous David Lemieux in his first-ever pay-per-view main event in October, breaking down the dangerous Canadian before ultimately stopping him in eight. He had previously demolished Willie Munroe, Jr. and Martin Murray earlier in the year and currently holds the WBA, IBO, IBF, and interim WBC belts.

Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO) came out on top in his blockbuster showdown with Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision, earning the lineal (LINEAL) belt in the process and extending his winning streak to four since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013. He has expressed an interest in reclaiming the May and September dates once monopolized by "Money," and taking on Golovkin in September would certainly be one way to do it.

After a disappointing PPV haul against Lemieux, this would be a tremendous opportunity for Golovkin to make his fights must-buy. Considering that he usually steps into the ring at 168 pounds, he should be about the same size as Alvarez, and the two present a stylistic matchup that could make for a violently technical throwdown. Who comes out on top, you think?

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