Oscar De La Hoya is adamant he wants to deliver boxing a second helping of Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez in 2018 despite negotiations stalling until the New Year.
The pair fought out a controversial encounter in September, ending in a widely debated split decision draw, and both sides are on board in making a return happen next May.
De La Hoya is now hoping talks can re-open after Christmas and promised to do his best to secure ‘GGG’ for Canelo’s return in the spring.
“They’re ongoing. They’re slow, nothing concrete. We haven’t discussed any details,” said De La Hoya on his new Golden Boy Radio show.
“The fight has to be made. Triple G wants it. Canelo wants it. Golden Boy wants it. After December, hopefully we’ll sit down and discuss when and where it’ll take place.”
On opponents who could replace Golovkin should contracts fail to be agreed, De La Hoya added: “There’s Danny Jacobs, and then you have Lemieux vs. Saunders, which is a very interesting fight. So, you never know.
“Whatever the fans want is what we’ll try to make. I know as a promoter the fight has to be made.
“That’s the reason why we’ve already reserved Cinco de Mayo for Canelo, and we’ve reserved September for Canelo. Whatever Canelo wants. We’re going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and discuss future plans.”
Las Vegas is favourite to land the return between the two best middleweights in the world, whilst Texas is also said to be an outside consideration for May 5, 2018.