Oscar De La Hoya open to Canelo vs GGG III, December bout not certain
Oscar De La Hoya is firmly on board with opening discussions with Tom Loeffler over a Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin trilogy.
Speaking from the recently closed WBC Convention in Kyiv, De La Hoya aired his views on a voluntary ruling.
The WBC stated their plans for the middleweight division as part of their annual get-together.
“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.
But instead of pushing through with the WBC’s 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.
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De La Hoya is willing to talk about staging Canelo v GGG III, possibly in May 2019, and could now scrap plans for a meeting with David Lemieux in December.
“We’re going to look at that now (Canelo v GGG III). We have to sit down and talk about what Saul’s plans are,” De La Hoya told ESPN Deportes.
“We are going to do what is right for boxing and Canelo. The rest does not matter. The most important thing is that people see the best fights.”
“We’ve been talking (about fighting in December), but there are no firm plans yet. That’s why I’m here.
“I came to the (WBC) convention, and we’ll see what will happen. We do not have an opponent, but there are many options,” he added.
If Canelo followed through with the Lemieux fight and Golovkin turned down Charlo, the latter of which is expected. The WBC could then decide to insist Canelo faces Charlo first.
Being the WBC and always open to making the best fights, an exception could be made for Canelo v GGG III – with Charlo eventually battling the winner.