The most anticipated match-up in boxing is the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight, but fans will have to play the waiting game. Because, word is, the fight won’t happen until, at least, Fall 2017.
Reps for Canelo’s Golden Boy Promotions and Golovkin’s K2 Promotions met this week at Golden Boy’s office in Los Angeles and both sides agreed to put off the fight until late next year.
Golovkin was pushing for the fight to take place in May, but when it didn’t happen, they hoped Alvarez would agree to fight in September, when he plans to fight next. But obviously, that plan didn’t work out either.
According to ESPN, there’s two reasons for the postponement. Both sides want to make it commercially bigger, and also give Alvarez a chance to build himself up to the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, so he can have at least one fight at that weight before facing Golovkin.
Canelo has been fighting at 155 pounds (technically middleweight), but demanding that his opponents fight him at that catchweight. He won the middleweight title by decision from Miguel Cotto in November in a fight contracted at 155, also Cotto’s preferred weight.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) has made 16 consecutive title defenses and scored 22 knockouts in a row, and has become the mandatory challenger for Alvarez’s belt.
Hopefully, this doesn’t turn into a 5-year wait, like the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Stay tuned…