Billy Joe Saunders has informed K2 promoter Tom Loeffler he’s willing to step in and fight Gennady Golovkin if terms cannot be reached with Canelo Alvarez.
‘GGG’ has been hoping to agree a second fight with Canelo on May 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the back of the pair trading blows for twelve rounds in September.
A hotly-contested draw was revealed by the three judges after the contest and all in boxing want to see Golovkin and Canelo get it on again on Cinco de Mayo.
Failing the successful conclusion of talks, which have rumbled on for some time now, Saunders would be happy to broker a contract to face Golovkin himself on an alternative date.
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) January 3, 2018
As Canelo has first option on May 5th in the boxing capital of the world, Golovkin would be forced to look elsewhere to battle Saunders, potentially in New York or on the WBO champion’s home soil in the UK.
Saunders saw his stock go sky high when defeating David Lemieux in Canada just before Christmas, and without GGG v Canelo 2, the 28 year-old would be considered a solid alternative.
Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya has stated on more than one occasion that Canelo’s only desire is to get it on with Golovkin again, whilst some sceptics believe a September date would be more workable for the return,
That could leave Canelo and Golovkin both vying to have Saunders put his belt on the line against them prior to a rematch and give ‘BJS’ a tough decision to make barring an imminent confirmation of contracts.