Promoter Tom Loeffler firmly believes his fighter is the A-side no matter what the poster says for Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez 2 on September 15.
Despite Golden Boy labelling Canelo the champion due to his previous status holding the now vacant Ring Magazine title, Loeffler says the fans know who the real number one in the division is.
“On our side we know who the champion is. It doesn’t matter who is announced first. Doesn’t matter whose name appears first on the poster.
“GGG is the champion. He’s going to walk in with his belts and the important thing is he’s going to walk out with his belts. There were a lot of back and forth with the negotiations but again, we have to give both fighters credit. We have to give GGG credit. We have to give Canelo credit. We have to give Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions credit.
“The bottom line is, we are not just talking about the rematch. We are actually seeing the rematch happen September 15. A lot of fighters can’t even fight the first time, and here are two of the biggest stars in boxing fighting the rematch.
“Neither side wants to let it go to the judges. Canelo is predicting a KO. GGG doesn’t want to go through the same thing he went through last year in September — where his fate is in the hands of three people.
“He wants to make sure he controls his destiny and wants to make sure there’s going to be no question who walks out of the ring as the champion on September 15,” he added.
Golovkin heads into the return as favorite to win as Canelo has been unable to fight since the pair first traded blows almost a year ago.