EXCLUSIVE: Loeffler eyes Canelo III despite GGG v Charlo WBC order
Tom Loeffler has confirmed to WBN that former middleweight king Gennady Golovkin wants a trilogy fight with Canelo Alvarez.
Currently attending the WBC Convention in Kiev, Loeffler was asked about the WBC’s middleweight ruling regarding GGG.
The Kazakh puncher was ordered to face Jermall Charlo for the interim title before becoming number one for Canelo.
“Canelo is allowed to have a voluntary defense this year. The challenger for (interim champion) Jermall Charlo will be Gennady Golovkin. The winner will be Canelo’s mandatory,” said the WBC.
Instead of pushing through with Canelo plans, Loeffler insisted Golovkin’s only focus was a third battle with the Mexican.
“The priority for Gennady Golovkin would be Canelo III. And for GGG to get his titles back that were unfairly taken from him,” Loeffler exclusively told World Boxing News from Ukraine.
One problem with Loeffler’s plan would obviously be the fact that Canelo is planning another fight inbetween.
This means his voluntary option would be taken up and leave only a mandatory fight with Charlo available for 2019.
Golovkin could therefore be forced to take on Charlo in order to secure his chance. Unless Canelo cancels his own wishes to fight another opponent in the meantime.
Speaking to the WBC’s James Blears, Loeffler addressed the situation.
“We’re just asking for GGG to get another opportunity to fight for his titles. We just think it’s the right thing to do about the sport of boxing. And frankly, it’s the biggest fight for both guys.” he said.
“I’ve talked to Eric Gómez a couple of times. I think they’re very interested because these have been the two biggest paydays of Canelo’s career and also for GGG.
“That’s what happens when you have not only the two best fighters in the sport but two of the most marketable fighters.
“So they’re not opposed to having a third fight. It’s just depends on the time frame. They’re both taking some time off, so there a lot of things to work out.
“This makes all the sense in the World and frankly, it’s the fight that the fans want to see,” added the 360 Promotions boss.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay