Oscar De La Hoya had reiterated terms over a potential Canelo Alvarez v Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy fight, effectively ruling out a September battle.
The Golden Boy Promotions President took to social media and news source TMZ after witnessing ‘GGG’ blast out Steve Rolls in four rounds.
Golovkin was back to awesome and crushing best at Madison Square Garden. Using his trademark corkscrew overhand punch, Golovkin softened up Rolls for the take out with a sweeping left.
Despite the stunning win, De La Hoya was obviously not that impressed.
“Nice comeback win. Now fight a real fighter, win a belt, and I’ll consider doing the 3rd fight.”
Later, speaking to TMZ, the former ten-time world champion promised to leave Golovkin sweating over a third bout with Canelo.
“We’ll make him wait. We’ll see. He’s the B fighter now. Canelo’s the A fighter. I think Canelo will knock him out,” he said.
Nice 👍🏼 comeback win. Now fight a real fighter, win a belt, and I’ll consider doing the 3rd fight. #Caneloisyourboss
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 9, 2019
De La Hoya’s comments mean Golokvin has no choice but to target the only other belt holder in the middleweight division.
Canelo currently holds the World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association straps. The International Boxing Organization’s title is currently vacant. Whilst the World Boxing Organization version is in the possession of DAZN stablemate Demetrius Andrade.
‘Boo Boo’ is training for a clash with Maciej Sulecki on June 29. After which, the American will become Golovkin’s number one target.
Andrade first must see off Sulecki. But due to De La Hoya’s comments, Golovkin would have to meet Andrade in the fall before facing Canelo next year.
The whole scenario means Canelo v Golovkin III is unlikely to take place until Cinco de Mayo of 2020, with De La Hoya almost certain to want Las Vegas to stage again.
Previously controversial scorecards have led to Golovkin stating he’ll never fight in Nevada again. This could be another bone of contention in negotiations.
As things currently stand, securing another installment of Canelo v GGG is far from a given.