With HBO sports leaving the boxing business its two biggest attractions, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, have become broadcast free agents. Canelo was just announced to have signed the richest deal in sports history by signing to DAZN, but Golovkin is in no rush to determine his next landing spot. And with Golovkin being one of boxing’s biggest attractions, he’s said to have no shortage of suitors.
In fact Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, says that there’s plenty of interest out there for Golovkin, and that they’ll carefully look at all of their options before determining Golovkin’s next move. Loeffler specifically mentioned receiving offers from Showtime, ESPN, DAZN, and even another platform that isn’t currently involved in boxing.
“There are three boxers who move the needle, whether it’s selling pay-per-view, tickets or attracting subscribers -- Anthony Joshua, Canelo and GGG,” Loeffler said. “We’re receiving a lot of offers, very significant offers. So I am sifting through them to make sure we get the best deal possible for Gennady.”
And as for Golovkin’s next fight, Loeffler mentions that Ryota Murata is in consideration should he win his upcoming fight this weekend.
“After the Murata fight, if he wins on Saturday, he becomes a very interesting opponent,” Loeffler said. “Gennady has always enjoyed fighting internationally. We know what GGG brings to the table and Murata brings monster ratings in Japan and he is very popular. I would say he has distinguished himself as the front-runner if he can win on Saturday night.”
But wherever Golovkin decides to go, Loeffler says the plan is to have Golovkin back in the ring next March, but definitely no later than May.