A media report has surfaced that references Canelo Alvarez suggesting that he'd like to have his showdown with Gennady Golovkin pushed back a couple of years to help build the fight into a bigger event -- but neither Golovkin or promoter Tom Loeffler are having any of it.
"I think it's not legal," Golovkin told reporters in New York on Thursday. "Two years? I feel great. I'm ready - not to wait two years. I want now."
Both Golovkin and Loeffler have reaffirmed that they already have an agreement in writing from the WBC that stipulates that the winner of Canelo-Khan has 15 days from their May 7th fight to negotiate an agreement to face Golovkin, the mandatory challenger, next, or else the belt will be simply handed over to Golovkin.
Golovkin and his promoter would prefer for things not to play out that way, as they still desperately seek a star-making fight for Golovkin, but they have to accept that the possibility of Canelo or Khan vacating the title rather than face him as a distinct possibility. Either way, they will not be deterred from Golovkin's aspirations of unifying all of the middleweight titles.
"You can't force someone to get into the ring," Loeffler said of Alvarez. "If they don't want to fight, then you can't force him. (Golovkin's) goal is to unify the entire middleweight division. He would then - if he doesn't fight (the winner), he would, by default, get the WBC title and then (Golovkin's) only missing the WBO title and we go from there. The answer from our side is we're ready to do the fight. We're ready to abide by the WBC mandate. If Canelo chooses not to fight and give up the title, we can't affect that."
So given that this is a possibility, Loeffler is already looking at some contingency plans, which includes fights against either Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale, Gilberto Ramirez, or....(dun dun dun)...Bernard Hopkins, who has reportedly expressed interest in facing Golovkin.
"He's physically much bigger than Gennady," Loeffler said. "Bernard has never been stopped in his career. Gennady has a long knockout streak, so you'd have two forces coming together and that's a very interesting fight. I have to go down Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D and E and F just to see who would get in the ring with him."
A few weeks ago Bernard Hopkins did a video interview where he say he had designs of a dangerous fight where he would be a 20-80 underdog, although he wouldn't spill the beans on who he who he was talking about at the time. There was some speculation that Golovkin was indeed the guy Hopkins was targeting, but now Loeffler pretty much confirms it with acknowledging Hopkins interest.
So, fans, if Canelo walks away from a fight against Golovkin this year, who would you most want to see him in the ring with next?