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Golovkin Promoter Not Sure if Cotto Would Fight GGG in December

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Now that Canelo Alvarez has announced he won’t return to the ring until May, Gennady Golovkin’s handlers have their sights set on another former WBC middleweight champion.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, said following Golovkin’s controversial draw with Alvarez on Saturday that night he would like to set up a Golovkin-Miguel Cotto fight for December. Cotto sat ringside to watch the Alvarez-Golovkin fight at T-Mobile Arena and said before their bout that he was interested in facing the winner.

Though there wasn’t a winner Saturday, Alvarez’s timetable won’t work within Cotto’s schedule. The four-division champion from Puerto Rico has repeatedly stated that he will retire by the end of this year and plans to fight for the last time early in December.

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Loeffler, the managing director for K2 Promotions, hopes Cotto was serious when he said he would fight Alvarez or Golovkin.

Even in his three middleweight championship matches, Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) refused to fight at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) won’t box below the limit for the division in which he has competed throughout his career, thus the weight could be an issue.

“That’s another question, if Cotto will fight Gennady,” Loeffler told BoxingScene.com. “But Cotto said he wanted to fight the winner. I don’t know what he’ll do, but if Canelo’s not gonna fight until May, then it would seem like he’ll wanna fight Triple-G.”

The 36-year-old Cotto competed at 154 pounds in his last fight, a 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26 in Carson, California. Cotto won the vacant WBO super welterweight title by beating Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs).

Before dominating Kamegai, Cotto hadn’t fought since Mexico’s Alvarez out-boxed him to win the WBC, The Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles in November 2015 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Cotto wants a rematch against Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), but that seems unlikely if Cotto sticks to his retirement plan.

Fighting Cotto on December 2 or December 9, the dates Loeffler mentioned, would require quite a quick turnaround for the 35-year-old Golovkin, just 2½ months after a grueling fight against Alvarez. Golovkin obviously would prefer an immediate rematch against Alvarez, but the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion doesn’t want to take that long of a break between bouts.

“We’ll sit down this week, but Gennady would like to fight in December,” Loeffler said. “So he would fight someone else and then if we try to do the rematch in May, it’s just like the first time, when the WBC ordered it [in May 2016]. We can’t force Canelo into fighting a rematch. I think he took this fight because of the public pressure and he realized this would be his biggest payday.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yankees7448 on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18128638]Listen fool, Jermall Charlo wrecks lil g & you don't want that cuz you just want to keep a fake perception.....FOOL.[/QUOTE] Listen fool. Charlos is smaller and less powerful than Jacobs and GGG dropped Jacobs on his way to victory.So…

Comment by j.razor on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=J Dubber;18069915]More Canelo fans think GGG won than GGG fans. That's a fact! Who did you have wininng?[/QUOTE] You mean people listen to jim & harold.......Now that's a FACT! Nelo won.

Comment by j.razor on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=yankees7448;18067688]Cotto mentioned he wanted to fight the winner. He brought it up. Stop looking for drama where there isn't you fool.[/QUOTE] Listen fool, Jermall Charlo wrecks lil g & you don't want that cuz you just want to keep a…

Comment by Tankdestroyer on 09-22-2017

surprised no one noticed the pic in the article, ggg standing behind cotto, tyson and duran like a bish. cotto took the spotlight entirely away from him in that photo. ggg knows his place in negotiation, he's b side already.…

Comment by Ray* on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=BucaRican;18074110]You still didn't answer the damn question. What makes you think he is on his last legs? What fight performance gave you that indication?[/QUOTE] Duh his whole career amigo. If that list there didn't give you an indication then nothing…

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