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Gennady Golovkin reportedly close to deal with DAZN

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GGG’s search for a new home looks close to being over.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

After months of speculation about where he would wind up after the end of HBO boxing, Gennady Golovkin looks set to sign a deal with DAZN, Mike Coppinger reports, which would give him the opening for a third fight with Canelo Alvarez later this year.

The deal with the streaming service is reportedly for at least three fights, potentially up to six, and also gives Golovkin equity in the company:

The package gives Golovkin equity in DAZN, a perk Eddie Hearn, Golden Boy Promotions and even Canelo didn’t receive as part of their deals, per sources. Golovkin, who turns 37 in April, also ensured he’ll receive guaranteed dates for GGG Promotions, which doesn’t have any signed fighters yet, per sources. The Kazakh is looking to sign talent from his home country and beyond as he prepares for life after competition.

Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO) is still one of the top fighters in the sport, but he’s also at the back end of his in-ring career, so this would be a magnificent deal for him, a way to set up a career as a promoter with an outlet already in place for whatever talented he can sign.

The report also says that if Canelo Alvarez beats Daniel Jacobs on May 4 — which is no guarantee, though Alvarez will be the favorite — we can expect a Canelo-GGG III in September. Alvarez and Golovkin went to a draw in Sept. 2017, and Canelo won the Sept. 2018 rematch by majority decision.