Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin Title Fight Will Happen, Says Oscar De La Hoya
Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya believes that the highly-anticipated showdown between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will eventually happen.
Alvarez, who is the reigning World Boxing Council middleweight champion, will defend his title against Amir Khan on May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If Canelo wins against Khan, the Mexican boxing superstar has to defend his title against Golovkin, who is the mandatory challenger to his title. But if Khan pulls off an upset, De La Hoya said that Alvarez will get a rematch before facing Golovkin.
“If Amir Khan beats Canelo, we’ll obviously do the rematch,” De La Hoya told The Guardian. “But I’m looking forward to working with him once again. We built him, we drove his career to new heights, we got him the big fights and now we’re getting him the megafight, which he deserves.”
In the event Alvarez and Khan face in a rematch, Golovkin will have to wait longer for his shot at Canelo, as the fight might not take place this year. De La Hoya clarified, though, that fans need not worry because Alvarez and Golovkin will eventually face each other.
“I’m very confident,” De La Hoya added. “I like Golovkin, he has a great style, he’s a real fighter and he has created a mystique that I love. It’s just a matter of time. Believe me it will happen very soon.”
Alvarez, who owns a 46-1-1 record with 32 victories coming by knockout, is favored to win against Khan in their Cinco de Mayo showdown. If he wins against Khan, Canelo will have no other choice but to face Golovkin in his next fight to keep his title. If he declines, he will be stripped off his title, while Golovkin will get the belt.
It is worth noting that Golovkin, who is still unscathed in 34 professional fights and has 31 knockout victories in his career, will have to win against Dominic Wade on April 23 at The Forum if he wants to remain as mandatory challenger to the WBC middleweight champion.