By Steve Kim
It's clear that there is an impasse as it relates to the negotiations between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).
The two boxers fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in September 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The two sides had been negotiating the terms for the rematch, targeted for September 15th - which is when Canelo plans to return.
According to Canelo's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, Golovkin is balking at the fight for whatever reason.
And with that, they say they have begun to reach out to other middleweights - such as Daniel Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders - looking for a new dance partner to face Canelo in his planned return.
"We have reached out to Eddie Hearn (who promotes Jacobs), we're going to talk to him later today. I spoke with Frank Warren(who represents Saunders, the WBO titlist), those two are right there," said Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy, to BoxingScene.com.
"I spoke with (Spike) O'Sullivan's guy, he's interested. We haven't reached out to (Jermall) Charlo but we'll reach out to him, as well.
The founder of Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, stated to BoxingScene - "(Golovkin's) going to make the biggest payday of his life and he's out there dealing with the IBF, a mandatory (Sergey Derevyancheko) who's 11-0. Go ahead and fight him for a million dollars, fine. So we're not waiting for Golovkin anymore."
"They've had the contract for six weeks so it makes no sense," added De La Hoya. "We've gone through everything to try to make this fight, Look, 'Canelo' did the VADA testing, the commission even tested before VADA, did the hair follicle test. What else do we have to do?"
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.