De La Hoya says Canelo will KO GGG if they fight again

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By Sean Jones: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says there are no fights scheduled between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in 2019, but when they do face each other again, GGG is getting knocked out. De La Hoya says that there’s a chance that Canelo and Golovkin could face each other as many as five times, but it’s going to require that GGG sign with DAZN for any chance of those fights taking place. Golovkin still is unsigned with his contract with HBO expired recently, and he’s being courted by ESPN/Top Rank, DAZN and Premier Boxing Champions/FOX/SHOWTIME.

Canelo, 28, will be fighting other people next year. The rumors that Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will be battling GGG in a trilogy fight on Cinco de Mayo on May 4, 2019 are false. The information was mistakenly showed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s website this week that had Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions booking the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for May 4 next year.

Canelo will be fighting WBA World super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Canelo can’t lose this fight if he wants to keep the boxing world interested in a third fight between him and Golovkin.

De Hoya says that there won’t be a third fight between Canelo and GGG unless the former middleweight champion signs with DAZN. Canelo recently signed a 5-year, 11-fight, $365 million contract with DAZN that will lock him in with the streaming company for a long time. De La Hoya told cbssports.com that GGG needs to “come to his senses” and ink with DAZN, as that’s the only way he’s going to continue to get fights against Canelo.

De La Hoya went on to say he hopes Golovkin “comes to his senses” and signs with DAZN, noting that’s the only way another fight between them could be made. 

“I strongly believe Canelo will knock him out. And if they fight for a fourth time, Canelo will win again,” De La Hoya said to cbssports.com.

It’s unknown why De La Hoya doesn’t want Canelo to fight GGG in 2019. The only thing that you can think to explain why De La Hoya wouldn’t want Canelo to fight the Kazakhstan fighter next year is a move to try and age him some more before he schedules the trilogy fight between them. A lot of boxing fans still believe Golovkin was robbed in the two fights with Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), and they think that he’s now afraid to fight him. Canelo is still nursing a cut from his fight with GGG last September. 

If Canelo doesn’t fight Golovkin in 2019, then his options aren’t so good for him. If Canelo isn’t going to fight GGG, his options for fights in 2019 will come down to these guys:

– Jermall Charlo

– David Lemieux

– Daniel Jacobs

– Rob Brant

– Demetrius Andrade

– Ryota Murata

– Jermell Charlo

– Jarrett Hurd

– Jaime Munguia

Most of those fighters are guys that Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions won’t even entertain for a second fighting. The Charlo brothers and Hurd are highly unlikely to be chosen by Golden Boy to fight Canelo. You can say the same about Murata, but not because he’s dangerous. He lost his last fight. The guys that have a serious chance of fighting Canelo are Munguia, Jacobs and Lemieux. It’s likely going to be Munguia and Lemieux that face Canelo in 2019. Lemieux would have to be viewed as the leading option for Canelo’s May 4 fight, as long as he wins his fight against Tureano Johnson this Saturday night on the undercard of Canelo-Fielding on DAZN at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

GGG is on vacation, but he’ll be revealing his future plans soon about network he’ll be choosing. If De La Hoya is serious about Golovkin needing to sign with DAZN for him to fight Canelo again, then that puts him in a position where he’s going to need to sign with them for him to continue to face the Mexican star. Golovkin might not care anymore whether he faces Canelo a third time. It’ no secret that Golovkin isn’t happy with the way his two fights were scored against Canelo in Las Vegas. Further, GGG wasn’t happy about Canelo testing positive for a banned substance in clenbuterol.

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