Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed what WBN already predicted, that a rematch with Gennady Golovkin will not happen in September.
In a series of previous articles, WBN had outlined Canelo would probably need a warm-up fight before any return with ‘GGG’, although De La Hoya has gone one further and stated Tom Loeffler told him there may be no second fight at all.
“It’s clear to us that Golovkin doesn’t want to fight Canelo,” De La Hoya told The Ring Magazine.
“It’s clear to us that after all the demands that they made, after Canelo having to do the hair follicle test, having to enrol in VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association], having to be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly even before he was enrolled in VADA, it’s clear that GGG is afraid.
“So we’re going to move on and I’m going to start making phone calls to Jacobs’ people, to Saunders’ people, start making calls to Charlo and O’Sullivan.
“Tom Loeffler (GGG’s promoter) told me GGG doesn’t want to fight. That’s all Tom said.
“They’re not going have a better deal than what they have now,” he added.
Of the four De La Hoya mentioned, it’s highly likely that opponent will be O’Sullivan as the Irishman was already promised the fight before the recent drug testing debacle.
O’Sullivan is lined up to fight Canelo in September, possibly at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Golovkin coming back into the frame for Cinco de Mayo 2019.
Should Golovkin continue his boycott of Canelo, Danny Jacobs would then be the favorite, closely followed by Saunders, provided he still has the WBO title in a year’s time.