Gennady Golovkin coach wants May trilogy fight with ‘Canelo’, Oscar De La Hoya has other plans

Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin

Last Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez met for a second time, hellbent on producing a more decisive outcome than their September, 2017 draw. In the end, however, this rematch was arguably even closer than their first encounter, as Canelo walked away with a hotly debated majority decision victory.

In the immediate fallout of this rematch, Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin was adamant that he deserves a prompt trilogy fight with his Mexican rival.

“We would like to have a third fight,” Golovkin said at the post-fight press conference (via MMAMania). “We will negotiate it. It would be great to have a third fight.”

Speaking to BoxingScene shortly thereafter, Golovkin’s coach Abel Sanchez says that his first priority is for Golovkin to rest up after his latest war, but that he’d like to see a rematch with Canelo in May.

“I would want him to rest now,” Sanchez said. “He’s had some good fights. He rests now and comes back to the gym at the beginning of the year, and they fight in May.”

“I think that, as a pair, they stand to do better than any fight that either one could ever have [against another opponent]. I think next May 5th would be a perfect date. I think it’s a strong possibility that if there’s another fight between them that it’s gonna happen May the 5th.”

Unfortunately for Gennady Golovkin, there is a litany of reasons why this trilogy fight probably won’t happen next — or ever. One of those reasons is that Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya seems keen on a showdown between Canelo and David Lemieux in December.

”A fight with David Lemieux is possible for December in New York,” Oscar de la Hoya said at the post-fight press conference.

David Lemieux won big on the Canelo-GGG 2 undercard, smashing the much smaller Gary O’Sullivan with a left hook in the first round.

Do you think we’ll ever see Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight again?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/17/2018.