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Golden Boy planning Canelo fight on May 4, 2019

This is no surprise, but it is happening.

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Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Canelo Alvarez set to return to action this Saturday against Rocky Fielding, Golden Boy Promotions is already doing their business and looking ahead to a potential next fight date for the Mexican superstar, and it should come as no surprise that they’ve put a hold on May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is listing an event on that date to be promoted by Golden Boy and GGG Promotions, which would, of course, be a third clash between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. But Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez says that’s premature:

“We’re putting a hold on that date. That’s it. They’re assuming. We put a hold on that date for Canelo, May 4. ... We’ve had unofficial talks [for a third GGG fight], like, ‘Yeah, we’re open to it.’ It’s very, very loose talks. We haven’t even sat down.”

So while it’s possible that we could see Canelo-GGG III on May 4, don’t go banking on it just yet. For one thing, it’s not even official yet where Golovkin is going to land in his own post-HBO career, as far as a TV partner goes. DAZN, which has Alvarez under contract for 11 fights, is known to be interested, but so is ESPN, and one can probably assume Showtime, too.

But first Alvarez has to take care of business with Fielding this weekend. Even though that fight’s at super middleweight and Canelo-GGG III would be at middleweight, it’s hard to imagine Alvarez going from a potentially shocking upset loss to Fielding into a third fight with Golovkin. So first things first and all that. Golden Boy is doing their job looking forward, but for Canelo, it’s all about Saturday in New York.

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