Golovkin Will Likely Rest, Evaluate Options For 2019

By Steve Kim

There had been some talk coming into this past weekend's rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, of Golovkin returning in mid-Decmber. But given the result of that hard-fought contest and the physical nature of it, those plans will most likely be shelved.

"Going 12 hard rounds and getting cut in the 12th round from a head-butt, I would say at this point most likely not (fight anymore in 2018). It'll take about a week just to decompress and go over everything with Abel (Sanchez) and Gennady," said Tom Loeffler of GGG Promotions to

"But my gut feeling is right now he won't fight before the end of the year and we'll and weigh the options for the spring time or for May of 2019," continued Loeffler, who then joked, "Floyd (Mayweather) looks like he's going to be active again, so we can fight the winner of Mayweather-(Manny) Pacquiao."

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Sanchez told BoxingScene over the weekend, that he too would like his fighter to rest up for the next few months - and then face Canelo in a trilogy fight on Cinco De Mayo weekend, in May of 2019. 

Canelo, who also suffered a cut during the win, is likely not fighting again until next year.

On Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) suffered the first defeat of his pro career - when Canelo secured a twelve round majority decision to capture GGG's WBC, WBA, IBO middleweight titles. The close nature of the fight saw very tight scorecards - with 114-114 for the draw and two cards of 115-113 for Canelo.

The first bout, which took place at the same Las Vegas venue in September 2017, saw Golovkin and Canelo battle to a controversial twelve round split draw.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Illmatic94 on 09-28-2018

remember the good ol days when Golovkin wanted 4-5 fights per year... thats because he was fighting guys like Wade. that Canelo body work requires you take some time off to reflect.

Comment by BillyBoxing on 09-28-2018

[QUOTE=Fangedgrowl;19118890]Billy you are one of the posters i enjoy talking to about boxing. You make alot of sense with this. I think he needs to go to 168 and fight Zurdo. Then he could fight anyone at 175 . I…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 09-28-2018

[QUOTE=kushking;19119218][B]Are you aware that clenbuterol is not a true performance enhancing drug? [/B]Or that it is in most the cattle in mexico & countless athletes who both have zero benefit to gain from it in their respective sports(such as soccer/tennis),&…

Comment by Curt Henning on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19120687]and he needed 164 for Ward[/QUOTE] he needed 164 for featherfists yet they expect me to believe he handles joe smith...couple guys actually said "easily because he his levels beyond joe smith"...lolol u cant make this stuff up...these guys never…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 09-19-2018

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;19118521] golovkin cheerleaders are nuts if you think he stands a chance against any decent 175 guy....just plain nuts....but we already knew you guys were anyway[/QUOTE] They are ignorant as

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