The boxing world has been eagerly anticipating the announcement of a Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch, but Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya said the two sides will continue rematch talks in January.
De La Hoya spoke to ESPN Deportes and said the rematch hasn't been agreed to yet and that the talks have stopped until after the holidays and after the December 16 fight between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux for the WBO middleweight title.
"We're going to wait until after Lemieux-Saunders. We'll talk, analyze things. These negotiations take time and they aren't easy. After that fight, we'll think about it and join together to make a decision as a team," De La Hoya said.
With talks being put on hold, there are some that may worry about the match not happening and Canelo instead fighting someone else other than GGG. In addition to saying that pay-per-view numbers are still being tallied up, De La Hoya said Canelo vs. GGG 2 is the fight that Golden Boy wants to make happen, but said he wants to look at the rest of the middleweight landscape.
"We still don't know the exact numbers, pay-per-view numbers are still coming in. As for his future, we'll have to wait. Lemieux and Saunders will fight, a good fight I'll watch live in Canada. Daniel Jacobs is fight Luis Arias at 160 pounds, and I want to see what's going to happen, then enjoy the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and in January, we might start to talk about this fight. Zero to 100, Golden Boy wants [the Canelo-GGG rematch], but we need to reach an agreement," De La Hoya said.
The WBC recently ordered a rematch to take place between the two fighters. The first fight took place on September 16 and it ended in a split draw. Talks of a rematch started almost immediately, but GGG's trainer Abel Sanchez told Fightful that a rematch would take place as early as March 2018.