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Golovkin: It was about the principle of the matter

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Gennady Golovkin says he’s very happy his deal for the Canelo rematch.

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Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin maintains that he was driven by principle for the rematch with Canelo Alvarez, and he believes those principles ultimately prevailed which earned him a fight, and a purse, that he’s more than satisfied with. Golovkin spoke to reporters about the negotiations yesterday and reiterated that he was more than willing to walk away from the fight if he didn’t get what he wanted.

From ESPN:

“It was the principle of the matter, 45 percent for me, not 35 or 42.5, just 45,” Golovkin said. “Good deal, very happy.”

“I said I’m going to agree to 45 percent and it’s going to be my last percentage. I didn’t think about this too much. First time I said 50-50. Second time I thought, OK, 45 and that will be my last statement. It wasn’t about me being sure or not sure. It was just my last proposition. Take it or leave it.”

Official details on the purse split have not been disclosed, but Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya just recently told TMZ that he came up with some of his own money to satisfy Golovkin’s purse demands.

Either way, after a whole lot of turbulent times, the fight has finally been agreed to and scheduled for September 15th at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Let’s just hope nothing derails the fight between now and then.