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Golden Boy: If Golovkin fights in June it jeopardizes a fall fight with Canelo

Golden Boy president Eric Gomez says GGG potentially fighting Billy Joe Saunders this summer could ruin a fall fight with Canelo.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

And the games between Golden Boy and K2 promotions continue...With Gennady Golovkin rumored to be in talks with Billy Joe Saunders for a June 10 fight, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez tells RingTV that it could put a fall fight against Canelo Alvarez in danger of not happening (as if we were all holding our breaths at this point anyway)...

“That would impact us. So I’m not aware of anything with Saunders. We’re talking and he’s talking about making the fight (between Golovkin and Canelo) in September. If he tries to do a fight with Saunders, that will screw up the plans.”

Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler has denied that there is any deal in place for a June 10th fight but he does admit there have been ongoing talks about the idea. Gomez, however, doesn’t think it’s the best way to go if Golovkin is to fight Canelo in September.

“We need enough time to promote a big fight,” Gomez said. “You have to do the (media) rounds. You have to do all these TV shows. There’s so many plans we have and we’ve talked about promoting a big fight. You need time.”

Make of this what you will, but it all seems pretty contrived to me. A Golovkin-Canelo fight has been highly anticipated for at least a year now, and when you have a big fight like that in the waiting, you really don’t need a tremendously long promotional push to make it a success - great fights sell themselves.

Mayweather-Pacquiao, the highest grossing fight of all time, was promoted in under three months and had no problem selling seats or PPVs. And no, I’m not saying that the worldwide interest for GGG-Canelo is on par with what May-Pac was at the time. But what I am saying is that if GGG were to fight on June 10, that really shouldn’t handicap a September fight against Canelo - unless, you know, we’re just looking for reasons to push the fight off some more.

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