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Golovkin's Promoter: No Canelo Fight in 2016, Building For 2017

By Steve Kim

It looks like the highly anticipated clash between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32KOs) and Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (47-1-1, 32KOs) will not take place in 2016.

K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions had been discussing this fight since early May and had more talks on Monday where a decision was made to hold of on making that bout  until next year.

Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions said to BoxingScene.com on Wednesday - "We've always had a good relationship with Golden Boy, we did a great promotion with the (David) Lemieux fight. The pressure was on as far as Gennady wanting to have the WBC title. 'Canelo' vacated the title so it takes the pressure off of there and so what Eric (Gomez, Sr. V.P. of Golden Boy) discussed, it looks like we're going to build towards that fight for next year, 2017."

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"Its realistically the biggest fight in boxing, so realistically it's short notice to do it this year in September. So I think we would prefer it for next year."

You can hear the howling from the masses who were put through the never-ending process that involved Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that took over five years to consummate that match-up.

But Loeffler points out - "I think in this particular situation with Mayweather-Pacquiao it seemed like every time they tried to negotiate it, there was a new issue that came up. In this situation both guys want the fight, I think the promoters - we've proven we can work together and have a successful promotion together. There's no issues with VADA drug testing, there's no issues as far as TV networks, sponsors, everything is pretty much there. It's just a matter of building it at the right time."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by elgu on 07-01-2016

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;16812093]Everyone who uses the term " [I]technically[/I] " is full-of-sh1t, and is trying to spin an angle. Go and spin your bullsh1t to some casual fan kid.[/QUOTE] 155 is middle weight everyone knows that. Even Canelo knows it which is…

Comment by Boxing lives on 07-01-2016

[QUOTE=Brakus;16806844]What terms did GGG dictate?? Money? No Location of fight? No When Canelo held the WBC Middleweight title hostage, GGGs only demand was to to fight at 160- which was in the rules of the WBC constitution since you can't…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=Brakus;16810940]Tell me idiot, when was the last time he fought as a Jr MW? He has been fighting at 155 'Caneloweight' which is still [B]technically[/B] middleweight since its over 154 lbs for awhile now. Oh and he weighs as much…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;16810845]What are you talking about? What's Loeffler supposed to do, nobody can force Canelo to fight GGG. K2 is moving forward and leaving open the possibility they'll fight next year. K2's planning 2 more fights in 2016, then 2 more…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;16810965]If you don't realize by now that K2 and GGG's management team are full of shyt by now nothing will open your eyes. Whether you like GGG or not his team has been proven liars and hypocrites and have been…

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