GGG expected to finalize with DAZN this week
By Tim Royner: Gennady Golovkin and his team will be meeting with DAZNofficials to finalize a multi-fight deal this week for him to fight on this platform, and face Saul Canelo Alvarez in a trilogy match this September, according to Mike Coppinger.
If GGG has a tune-up level fight in his first match of his multi-fight deal, it’s unlikely he’ll face Canelo in September unless it’s a lesser quality warm-up level opponent that the former middleweight champion faces.
Golovkin has now been out of action for six months since his 12 round majority decision defeat to Canelo in their rematch on September 15 on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. If GGG does indeed finalize a multi-fight contract with DAZN this week, it would make it problematic for him to fight in May or June, and then quickly return in September to face Canelo in a third fight. If Golovkin fights in June, he would only three months before he would need to be back inside the ring to fight Alvarez in a trilogy fight. Signing with DAZN now, GGG would likely need to have a fight already scheduled for him to be able to jump into training camp to be ready for a fight in May. It doesn’t seem like that Golovkin will fight again until he meets up with Canelo in September. If GGG stays inactive until September, he’ll have been out of the ring for 12 months by the time he fights again. With Canelo staying busy, facing former WBA ‘regular’ super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding last December, and IBF middleweight champion Danny Jacobs on May 4, he would be much sharper than a ring rusty GGG, if the Kazakhstan fighter sits outside of the ring until September.
There’s no word yet about whether the 36-year-old Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), who previously held the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles, will need to fight World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) in his first fight of his multi-fight deal with DAZN in May or June before facing Canelo in September. Andrade, 30, is signed with British promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA/DAZN stable, and he’s one of the three notable fighters from the 160 lb weight class that have joined on with DAZN. It was rumored last month that if GGG signed on with DAZN, his first fight with them would be a title fight against WBO champion Andrade, and then a third contest with Canelo Alvarez in September. GGG facing Andrade BEFORE he fights Canelo in September would seem HIGHLY unlikely to happen. It’ll require too much time negotiating the Andrade fight, training, and then recovering from the bout before fighting Canelo in September. There’s also the chance that GGG could very well lose to the unbeaten Andrade. If DAZN still goes ahead and shows a third fight between Canelo and a recently beaten Golovkin, with him coming off of a loss to Andrade, it’s going to hurt interest in the fight. At the same time, if Golovkin just sits outside of the ring until September, the casual boxing fans will have forgotten about him, because he’ll have been out of sight and put of mind for them. It’s been over a year since Golovkin won his last fight in stopping junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyanin the 2nd round in May 2018.
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