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Golovkin's Promoter: GGG's Legacy at Stake in Canelo Rematch

By Miguel Rivera

Promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, who handle IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), is hoping that a deal can be reached sooner than later for a rematch with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).

The two sides have already began discussions after last weekend's controversial ending.

Canelo and Golovkin fought to a very entertaining twelve round split draw. Both sides believes they were robbed of a win, but much of the post-fight attention has centered on a scoredcard of 118-110 in favor of Canelo.

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The two remaining judges had it scored 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114 for the draw.

A rematch could happen in May of 2018, during Cinco De Mayo weekend, which is when Canelo intends to return.

If Golovkin is unable to reach a deal for the immediate rematch, he would look to return on a date in December for a voluntary defense.

"We expect the negotiations to go better [that the first time], because Canelo has already fought 12 rounds with Gennady. The box office will be the third most successful in boxing history (in Las Vegas), the best event after a fight involving Floyd Mayweather, and in pay-per-event they did well, the two surely got their bigger purses and also the fans want to see more of this combination," said Loeffler to ESPN Deportes.

"We will start the discussions tomorrow (Friday). Obviously there are options but what Golovkin wants is to face Canelo directly, it was his first big purse and it is his priority, the rematch. His legacy will be at stake, with this fight reaching 19 successful defenses, a lot of people believe he won the fight and this will mark his career. We credit Canelo for taking the fight, but we think he beat him well, so we will pursue the rematch and if he beats Canelo - then he will tie the 20 middleweight defense record of Bernard Hopkins and that would be something historical."

"We think we won, HBO had it right, eight rounds to four, the team is happy for the performance, Abel is happy, he thinks we won. Unfortunately the judges did not see it that way. Gennady wants the rematch as soon as possible, we do not want to wait too long. Canelo wants to fight in May, we hope to reach an agreement and GGG is willing to wait."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ThomasJK on 12-27-2017

People who say GGG never had Canelo hurt are either blind, full of horse **** , or just plain in denial. Go watch the fight again. I have repeatedly on the dvr and every time GGG connected with a hard…

Comment by Curt Henning on 12-27-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18078484]It DOES win you points making opponent miss.Defense is one of the 4 criteria for scoring a fight just as much as accuracy & ring generalship. 3 criteria canelo won & ggg just kinda won the middle rds with the…

Comment by j.razor on 12-27-2017

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;18144298]I'm not only only telling myself j. Every fighter I heard off thought GGG won, Thurman, JMM, Lewis, Malignaggi, Spence, Lara, Badou Jack, Crawford...the list goes on. The only looking like farce at this point is Nelo and his gift…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18140880]Keep telling yourself that billy.....Jermall Charlo is ready to take out what ever is left of this "FARCE" LMMFAO! Lions Only!![/QUOTE] I'm not only only telling myself j. Every fighter I heard off thought GGG won, Thurman, JMM, Lewis, Malignaggi,…

Comment by j.razor on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;18078316]FACT in haters agenda like you. In reality he won and got a very bashed draw.[/QUOTE] Keep telling yourself that billy.....Jermall Charlo is ready to take out what ever is left of this "FARCE" LMMFAO! Lions Only!!

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