Oscar De La Hoya’s recent comments on a trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin can mean only one thing.
Golovkin looks set to be unveiled as DAZN’s latest big-money signing in the near future.
De La Hoya was in confident mood when discussing a third fight between the two biggest middleweight names out there.
Asked the question, ‘Will Canelo vs. GGG 3 happen?’, The Golden Boy CEO responded with intent.
“There’s no doubt whatsoever. Canelo wants to fight the very best. And I can assure you in the third time around, Canelo will knock him out,” said De La Hoya.
‘GGG’ has reportedly been in discussions with all the major TV companies out there following the collapse of coverage from HBO.
DAZN are now leading the pack, with Showtime the only other viable option at the moment.
An announcement has been expected for some time, with Golovkin running out of time to be back in action by the spring.
Canelo has already confirmed his next move. The Mexican bids to add a third title to his haul against Danny Jacobs on May 4th.
The Las Vegas clash won’t be plain sailing for Canelo, as De La Hoya pointed out: “It’s a 50-50 fight. It’s a tough fight.
“He’s what they call ‘The Miracle Man,’ coming back from cancer, coming back from getting knocked down.
“He has a lot of heart and that’s very dangerous when you have a fighter like Jacobs. He has power, strength, speed, but most importantly, willpower.”
Should Canelo come through Jacobs, the WBC have ordered the 28 year-old to face the winner of a mandatory fight between Golokvin and Jermall Charlo.
Signing with DAZN could make the fight tough to secure as Charlo resides with Al Haymon and PBC on Showtime.
This means Golovkin can choose Showtime for Charlo immediately or wait on a purse bid and opt for DAZN instead.
It’s also possible Charlo could be asked to compete on DAZN for one sole contest in order to get the opportunity to trade blows with the Kazakh puncher.
Furthermore, the whole situation is a complicated one. Hence the delay in a formal decision since HBO’s demise at the back end of 2018.