Canelo v Golovkin purse bid set for May 24, free negotiations begin

Naoki Fukuda

The two week period of free negotiations between the camps of Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is underway, but in the case of no agreement, this will lead to a purse offer for them at the World Boxing Council Offices in Mexico City on May 24th.

At the World Boxing Council weekly press gathering, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said it’s a classic fight, three years in the making: “You never know what can happen. But it has all the elements to be an absolute and an instant classic.”

Concerning the notion of fear, Mauricio dismisses it, because both men are seasoned fighters, champions and power punchers in their own right.

He said: “People love to talk and that hurts. Social media can get to an awful lot of people. Canelo was very clear saying he wants the fight and right away, so it’s a matter of the promoters making it.”

And Mauricio feels it won’t be losers weepers if the fight is competitively close. He explained: “If it’s a really good fight, even the loser will win, with opportunities for the future.”

But could a fight like this go the distance? Mauricio agrees: “It’s unlikely. I’ve seen both of them fight and they are of the highest quality. It’s ready, it’s time. It’s cooking!”