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Eric Gomez: Canelo Alvarez is open to fighting in front of no fans

Gomez says Canelo is willing to do it, but can it work financially?

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

Golden Boy president Eric Gomez say although Canelo Alvarez hasn’t finalized an opponent for his next outing (while currently being linked Sergiy Derevyanchenko) the Mexican champion is perfectly willing to stage his fight as a closed-door event, without fans in attendance. During a conversation on The 3 Knockdown Rule podcast, Gomez mentioned:

“Yes, for the time being, Canelo is open to fighting in September with no fans. We’re actually discussing all the details now. But he’s open to it.”

Now while Alvarez himself might be perfectly willing to fight without an audience, but that says nothing for the financiers who have to back the card, pay the fighters, and hope for a return without a live gate. And for someone who demands the kind of purse Canelo does, that could make this a little difficult.

Gomez himself admits that it’s going to be a ‘tricky’ situation with boxing’s return, saying that with less money to go around some boxers are going to accept earning less than they may have been accustomed to, while others, not so much. Either way, we’ll start to see how the business works itself out in the next couple of months as boxing tries to get back in the groove.

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