Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin offered huge 2-fight deal by DAZN

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By Sean Jones: Superstar Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin has been been offered a monstrous 2-fight deal with DAZN, which could see him around $45 million, with a third fight with Saul Canelo Alvarez taking place as part of that deal, according to RingTV. As part of the two-fight contract with DAZN, Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) would challenge Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing fighter Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) in May or June.

This is the tricky part. The World Boxing Organization has already ordered Andrade to face his mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders. The WBO will have to let Andrade fight Golovkin instead of Saunders. Will the WBO let that happen? If not, then Golovkin’s first fight of his two fight deal with DAZN will have to be against someone else. An easy money fight for GGG would be Golden Boy stable fighter David Lemieux. Hearn doesn’t have anyone else in his Matchroom stable that will be available to fight GGG in May or June, so it would have to come down to Golden Boy fighter Lemieux if the WBO won’t allow Andrade to bypass his mandatory challenger Saunders in order to face Golovkin next.

Golovkin and his wife have been looking at offers from DAZN, ESPN and Premier Boxing Champions. It’s now down to DAZN and PBC as far as which of the two signs Golovkin. The meeting between GGG and DAZN on Wednesday was to finalize a 2-fight, deal, which could give Golovkin a little over $40 million, according to RingTV. That deal wouldn’t be as huge as the 11-fight, 5-year, $365 million contract that Saul Canelo Alvarez recently signed with DAZN.

Golovkin will be turning 37 on April 8. Whether Golovkin’s age has anything to do with him being given a smaller offer from DAZN than the monstrous deal that Canelo signed is unclear. Canelo’s roughly $33 million per fight sounds like a nice deal. If Golovkin signs a 2-fight deal with DAZN for a little over $40 million, it would average a little over $20 million per fight. The question would come down to whether or not Canelo brings in more subscribers to DAZN than GGG for his fights against little known Rocky Fielding, Daniel Jacobs and whoever else he’s matched up in the future? 

If GGG signs with PBC of a similar 2-fight deal as with DAZN, his first match is rumored to be a soft one. The second one would be a pay-per-view bout against World Boxing Council interim middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. This fight would have torch passing written all over it, as Charlo is one of the PBC’s rising stars. Charlo looked terrible in his last fight. The fans recently saw Jermall win a highly controversial 12 round unanimous decision over Matt Korobov on December 22 in New York. Golovkin would do well against Charlo, but the judging would obviously be a major concern there. If there’s similar judging as the Charlo-Korobov fight, then Golovkin might find himself losing another controversial decision.

Golovkin recently dealt with two very controversial fights against Saul Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first fight against Canelo was a 12 round draw in 2017, a match in which most boxing fans had Golovkin easily winning. The second fight, which also took place the same venue in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, saw Canelo winning a controversial 12 round majority decision. Most boxing fans had Golovkin winning that one too. A lot of fans also felt that match could have been scored a draw.

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