By Steve Kim
Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez does not believe that a potential bout between WBA lightweight titlist Jorge Linares and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko is completely dead.
Right now there is a stalemate between Golden Boy and Top Rank over the May 12th date, which is what Top Rank has slotted for this bout on ESPN.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is very firm that Lomachenko is going to fight on May 12 - and for the moment he is not budging from the slot.
The problem with May 12, however, is a scheduling conflict for Golden Boy - who are already set for an HBO show on the same date that will feature the replay of the Saul Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch from the previous weekend.
Gomez believes the two sides can work something out - but Arum must be flexible. Golden Boy is willing to make that fight on any other date - except May 12.
"I hope there's a way we can come to a compromise. We're willing to work it out, we're flexible. We're flexible, I mean for us to take one of our top fighters, one of our top champions to another network - we're flexible, we're willing to do that," said Gomez to BoxingScene.com.
"We're willing to go to any venue but they have to be flexible too. If they're flexible we can get this fight done. If they're not going to be flexible then it's on them. It's on them. Flexibility is the key.
"If they can be flexible, we can be flexible. As far as that date being important because of the (NBA) playoffs, pick another playoff weekend because the NBA playoffs last two months."
Gomez says that they had made it clear that the week before and after Canelo-Golovkin simply would not work for this - or any other fight.
''We want the fight and any other date would work," stated Gomez.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.