Following his brutal knockout of Amir Khan on Saturday night (May 7), middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez confirmed that he’ll fight Gennady Golovkin next.
Triple G currently holds two world title belts, as well as an interim one, making him Alvarez’s mandatory challenger… and the fight many fans are waiting for.
“I’m willing to make [Golovkin] an offer,” Canelo said after the fight. “I’d be happy to not only fight him but also to beat him. If the fight happens, I’m happy to fight him. It’s no problem.”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya also promised that talks will begin. “Those negotiations will happen behind closed doors, and when we come to an agreement, we will let everyone know,” De La Hoya said at the post-fight news conference. “That’s the fight to make. [Sunday] I will make the call. I will start negotiating, and I really hope we can make an agreement.
“If that’s the fight Canelo wants, I will get some well-deserved rest and when I wake up start making some phone calls. I’ve always said come May 8 we will start negotiating with Golovkin’s people.”
Before the Khan fight, there was pressure on Canelo to fight Golovkin, but both camps made a deal in which each take interim bouts and then fight in September. Now, if Canelo doesn’t take the fall fight, he would be stripped of his belt and Golovkin would get it with his interim tag being dropped.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) has scored 22 knockouts in a row, and knocked out mandatory challenger Dominic Wade in two rounds April 23 in his interim bout.