After Oscar De La Hoya shut down the possibility of a Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch due to Golovkin refusing to budge on a 50-50 purse split, the unified middleweight champion has had a change of heart, according to Tom Loeffler,
Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin, spoke to the Las Vegas Review Journal and said Golovkin has changed his stance and would be willing to fight Alvarez at less than 50 percent of the purse. This comes hours after the IBF decided to strip Golovkin of its middleweight belt after refusing to fight mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Loeffler said he’s talking to Golden Boy Promotions Eric Gomez on making the fight happen and Gomez will relay the message to De La Hoya.
“Gennady would agree to come off the 50 percent in order to make it work. I’m thinking about all the plans for Triple G’s next fight, although the IBF made it a lot easier to not worry about the IBF mandatory,” Loeffler said.
When De La Hoya told ESPN that he is moving on from Canelo vs. Golovkin 2, he also said that he is now negotiating with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to have Alvarez face former world champion Daniel Jacobs.
Golovkin now only holds the WBA “super” and WBC middleweight titles and has not fought since knocking out Vanes Martirosyan last May 5. Alvarez is serving a six-month suspension handed to him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for traces of clenbuterol in February.