Negotiations began this week for a rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, who staged a thrilling split draw in Las Vegas on Saturday.
HBO will show a replay of the event Saturday at 7 p.m.
Traditionally Canelo fights on Cinco de Mayo weekend, and in 2018, that holiday falls squarely on a Saturday.
Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, said the middleweight champion would prefer another fight before then.
“We had hoped he could fight in December but after a fight like that, you would be looking more at January or February,” Loeffler said. “But if Canelo isn’t fighting again until the rematch, then we probably wouldn’t have another fight either.”
“He’s in the big fight business these days,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “He’s 35 and it’s time to have great events like we did the other night.”
Although the Golovkin camp was scornful of the decision and especially Canelo’s eight-point victory on the card of Adalaide Byrd, Sanchez said he had no problem with the second fight happening in Las Vegas.
“But I wish they would change their rules and allow judges to come in from other states,” Sanchez said. “I told Gennady before the 12th round that he had to win it, even though I had him ahead. So you saw what happened.”
Loeffler noted that Madison Square Garden, Dodger Stadium and AT&T Stadiium in Arlington, Tex. had all expressed interest in the first fight and anticipated the same type of pitch for the second.
Loeffler also indicated that he might negotiate for a better deal in the encore. Golovkin got $3 million in purse money compared to Canelo’s $6 million. The two expect to make eight figures when the pay-per-view money is counted.
Loeffler said HBO has indicated to him that this PPV count will surpass the $1 million that Canelo and Julio Cesar Chavez got in May.
“If Gennady shows that he can have that much effect on the pay-per-view, and if this promotion did better than the one Canelo had with Chavez, I think we’ll have something to talk about next time,” Loeffler said. “He helped carry the promotion, he brought a lot of fans.”
The crowd at T-Mobile Arena was 22,358.
Sanchez said Golovkin was surprised by Canelo’s elusiveness and his unwillingness. Indeed, Golovkin only connected on 32 percent of his power shots.
It was the first time Golovkin had neither knocked down or stopped an opponent since an 8-round decision over Amar Amari in Denmark, on June 21, 2008.
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