Loeffler: Huge Incentive for Golovkin, Canelo to Do Rematch Next

By Keith Idec

CARSON, California – There isn’t a definitive day and time set up yet for the promoters of Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez to meet to discuss rescheduling their rematch for September 15.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, acknowledged during a post-fight press conference late Saturday night, though, that a Golovkin-Alvarez rematch clearly is the most profitable fight available for either fighter. Loeffler mentioned other options, but Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) lost out on an eight-figure payday Saturday night because Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing two performance-enhancing drug tests in February.

Golovkin’s purse, according to contracts filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, was $1 million for knocking out late replacement Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) in the second round at StubHub Center. After earning a fraction of what he would’ve made to fight Alvarez again, it obviously would make the most business sense for the unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion to reschedule that fight next.

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Interest in their rematch is intense due to Alvarez’s PED ordeal, greater than it was when their second fight was announced in Februrary for Saturday night. Improved appeal also would make this the appropriate time for them to fight again, but neither fighter has said definitively that they’ll box again September 15.

Mexico’s Alvarez has announced he’ll return to the ring that night, assuming his six-month suspension ends after August 17, as expected.

“I’ve been in contact with Eric,” Loeffler said, referring to Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez. “You know, the first step was to find out exactly how long Canelo was suspended for. That was clarified by the Nevada commission. There seems to be a lot of interest on their side. Naturally, there’s interest on our side. … I’ve been in regular contact with Golden Boy and with Eric and, you know, if there’s a way to make that fight happen – and again, this is a fight where both guys have a huge incentive to make the rematch. Gennady feels, the whole team actually feels, it was a bad decision the first time around. He feels he could’ve done better.

“The way he fought [Saturday night], whether it was against Vanes or somebody else, he looked razor sharp tonight. You know, his speed, his timing, his distance, you know, I think we didn’t necessarily see that exact sharpness against either [Daniel] Jacobs or Canelo. And a lot of it had to do with the style of them, wanting to basically survive more than actually fight. But at the same time, Gennady’s been in there with other boxers that moved a lot and looked very dominant and impressive, just like he did against Canelo.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ThomasJK on 05-07-2018

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;18747042]You KNOW ggg is not a-side, as he just proved he cant carry a PPV without Canelo, GGG has no bargaining power whatsoever, Canelo has all many potential customers, ggg's career is almost over, and he's has NEVER proven to…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 05-07-2018

[QUOTE=Lester Tutor;18746217]Canelo shouldn't fight Lil'G in September. Abel, K2, and Lil'G are cashing out on their goodbye retirement fight, and they WILL STILL complain after Canelo batters him in the rematch - as they will bring up all circumstances to…

Comment by Rigpig on 05-07-2018

GGG gets stripped of IBF title and Clenelo fights O’Sullivan for it.

Comment by factsarenice on 05-07-2018

[QUOTE=jbpanama;18747555]If Canelo doesn't Fight GGG in Sept. I think it's evidence GB doesen't want to risk their Cash Cow with GGG 2... It further validates my suspicion that the failed tests were arranged to cancel GGG 2...[/QUOTE] Oscar told OSulivan…

Comment by factsarenice on 05-07-2018

[QUOTE=GFunk23;18747406]So Tom, when is the IBF going to strip lil g for ducking his mandotory and then doing the rematch with Canelo?[/QUOTE] Golovkin can't fight everyone because there simply isn't enough time. As a matter of practicality, at some point,…

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