After confirming the third fight between the fighters, the Mexican Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and the Kazakh Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, the representatives of both boxers also confirmed that they will carry out interim fights.
In addition, they did not disclose anything new about where the third duel between the two fighters is scheduled to be held, much less the date, although they hope it will be before the end of this year.
According to sources close to the teams of both boxers, negotiations have been going on for weeks, and an agreement was finally reached, always with an eye on the fights that will also have to be played separately before.
Sources indicate that Alvarez would face 30-year-old Englishman Billy Joe Saunders on May 2 as long as the next fight after that should be the third fight against Golovkin, who would also have an interim fight first.
The deal has already been finalized, sources said, but cannot be formally announced as the world sports calendar began to unravel last week, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As an example, the Alvarez-Saunders fight will most likely be postponed and have to happen later.
That bout was a modified two-fight deal for Alvarez, Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN within the confines of the five-year, 11-fight, $ 365 million contract with DAZN, the largest contract signed in boxing history.
The digital television platform insisted that the Mexican fighter agree to a third fight with Golovkin before approving any opponent for his fight, now postponed, on May 2, the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Golovkin, who has been desperate for a third fight with Alvarez, against whom he is 0-1-1 in two controversial bouts, must defend his middleweight belt against mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta of Poland.
That fight is scheduled for June 6, at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The combat has moved from February 29 and then from March 28 to April or May and now June for various reasons, the last ones related to the coronavirus pandemic that has indefinitely paralyzed all sporting activity in the United States, for some time. one week.
One of the reasons for the most recent date change was also because Golovkin suffered a right calf injury in mid-February during training.
Due to the delays in both fights, it is considered that the third Álvarez-Golovkin confrontation could take place in mid-September, the weekend of Mexican Independence Day, in case the coronavirus pandemic allows it to be carry out.