A much-anticipated boxing match between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended in a draw last September after 12 great rounds of action. Most, though, didn’t see it that way, as the consensus was that “GGG” had done enough to warrant the victory.
And when you take into consideration the outlandish scoring by one Adalaide Byrd that gave Canelo the fight 118-110 (see it here), a rematch between two of the best boxers in the world was a given. Plus, a rematch clause was in the contract beforehand.
According to LA Times, the two are set to run it back on May 5, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But according to Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, a rematch clause is not in place for this bout.
“It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement. We want to concentrate on getting this [second Alvarez-Golovkin fight] done and then we can talk about a third fight later. I know Canelo’s going to win. I think Canelo figured him out in the last three rounds. Look at that fight. Canelo handled [Golovkin] those last three rounds. And this time around, Canelo’s going to have an easier time with him. Not an easy fight, but he has the experience now and he wants this fight.”
Of course, with the first fight ending in a draw, you can’t help but to predict a trilogy fight down the road.
While the fight has yet to be made official, it is expected to be finalized within the coming week, as Gomez says there are just a few minor details that need to be ironed out, as negotiations aren’t as tedious this time around.
The good news is, the rematch won’t have to worry about fighting for pay-per-view (PPV) buys from other competition in close proximity like it did the first time around with Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, which took place three weeks prior to the first fight between Golovkin and Canelo.