Canelo vs. Golovkin update from Golden Boy Promotions' Oscar De la HoyaWritten by Joseph Herron
Immediately after Canelo Alvarez captured the WBO Junior Middleweight on September 17, by stopping incumbent title holder Liam Smith with a vicious body shot, Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De la Hoya dropped an unexpected bomb on the media in attendance at the post-fight press conference, announcing an eight figure offer made to Gennady Golovkin for a potential fight deal with his Mexican superstar.
An entire month has elapsed since going public with the alleged proposal, and very little has surfaced regarding the progress of the highly anticipated Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin superfight negotiations.
When asked whether or not either side was any closer to securing a massive fight deal, the former six division world titlist was understandably reserved.
"The latest offer is the latest offer, and obviously we're not going to negotiate on camera or through the media," Oscar recently stated to FightHype.com. "This is a fight that has to be made and will be made. It's just a matter of doing it behind closed doors. I think that's how it's going to get done."
Although transparency within the business of boxing is always greatly appreciated by fans and media members, the practice of creating match-ups through the press seldom yields positive results. The tactic is customarily reserved for the benefit of the sport's always judgmental and often cynical critics and spectators.
Many observers believe the dubious offer was intended to alleviate much of the negative scrutiny Alvarez and GBP received subsequent to calling out Golovkin in front of a packed T-Mobile Arena on May 7, then relinquishing his WBC Middleweight title less than two weeks later.
De la Hoya feels the naysayers are of little consequence during the intentionally "private" negotiation process.
"Everybody else can talk about whatever they want to talk about, but the bottom line is that Golden Boy and Canelo want to make this fight for 2017, and I strongly feel it's going to happen."
When asked if he was worried about the possibility of his fighter's popularity decreasing while waiting for a deal to be made between both camps, Oscar seemed genuinely assured that all would end well...eventually.
"At the end of the day, as long as this fight gets made, that's all that matters."
Canelo isn't expected to return to the ring until May of 2017, and also isn't anticipated to defend his WBO Super Welterweight distinction.
Gennady Golovkin is looking to compete as early as February of next year.