According to the LA Times, discussions to stage a fall fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will resume this week. But don’t hold your breath on a deal being struck as promoter Oscar De La Hoya makes it clear that Golovkin’s narrow points win over Daniel Jacobs this past weekend did absolutely nothing to raise his value in negotiations.
That in and of itself could prove to be a sticking point in making the fight happen since De La Hoya indicates that he’s even less likely to increase his offer to Golovkin after his latest performance.
“Not that [Golovkin’s value] went down,” De La Hoya said. “I just feel that given today’s market, I really feel that GGG’s side has to be more than fair to make this fight.
“I actually believe [the percentages of making the fight] decrease. It all depends on the negotiations – and we’ll continue talks – but now obviously we clearly know who the ‘A’ side is and that’s obviously Canelo. So I’m going to instruct my president, Eric Gomez, to continue talks and, hopefully, it can get done, but I strongly feel Canelo is obviously the ‘A’ side and there’s no doubt about it.”
When asked for his thoughts on the Golovkin-Jacobs fight De La Hoya mentions that Jacobs made the crucial mistake of giving Golovkin too much respect during the opening rounds - something he believes cost Jacobs the fight. He says that with Jacobs being in tip-top shape he should have been more confident in his ability to take Golovkin’s punch and stand toe-to-toe with him more often...And of course De La Hoya say his fighter Canelo Alvarez would never make that mistake.
“Mark my words: When Canelo and Golovkin gets made, Canelo’s not going to respect him one bit. Right from the start.”
Now look, Golden Boy’s hard line stance about Golovkin’s maxed-out leverage isn’t going bode well for the prospects of a Canelo-Golovkin fight coming together. Of course if you believe, like many, that Golden Boy doesn’t want the Golovkin fight in the first place - well then, this news should hardly be surprising.
In the meantime it’s Canelo Alvarez in the batter’s circle as he prepares to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6.