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De La Hoya Eyes Jacobs For Canelo Ring Return

Golovkin deal looks off as Golden Boy looks for alternatives.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Nothing is ever as easy as it seems in the boxing world. Boxing's two biggest fights in Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, and the battle for middleweight supremacy between Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez continue to frustrate fans from all walks of life, and unfortunately for us, they show no signs of a deal being completed.

IntuBoxing has learned that Eddie Hearn has been contacted by Golden Boy Promotions, Robert Diaz about the availability of Daniel Jacobs. 

We reported in the week that it looked as though the rematch between Canelo and Golovkin was actually almost done according to promoter Tom Loeffler. However, it seems as though talks between the two camps have hit a huge roadblock. With Golovkin apparently seeking more favourable terms than he originally had for the May 5th rematch. 

“It’s clear to us that Golovkin doesn’t want to fight Canelo,” De La Hoya said during a phone interview. “It’s clear to us that after all the demands that they made, after Canelo having to do the hair follicle test, having to enroll in VADA, having to be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly even before he was enrolled in VADA, it’s clear that GGG is afraid." (CREDIT THE RING)

De La Hoya said he was told by Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, earlier Thursday that GGG “doesn’t want to fight. That’s all Tom said. They’re not going have a better deal than what they have now.. 

“If they want to go in a different direction, they’re entitled to, but I think that speaks more to Canelo,” Loeffler told THE RING. “GGG is not afraid to fight anybody in the middleweight division. He made a lot of (financial) sacrifices for the first fight and the rematch. And since the rematch was canceled he wants a more equitable percentage.

“The situation with the IBF, he puts that on Canelo. If the Canelo fight happened in May, there wouldn’t be an issue with the title. There are a lot of issues that arose because of Canelo’s positive test. He wants to be fairly compensated."

So any deal looks a million miles further away than first anticipated.

Golden Boy trying to arrange a fight with Hearn's Matchroom USA should be relatively straightforward if the money is right for 'The Miracle Man'. Jacobs boxes exclusively on HBO, the same TV network that aired the first Golovkin/Canelo fight. However, should this deal also not come to pass, then IntuBoxing learned this morning that Spike O'Sullivan and Jermall Charlo are also considerations. Although it is thought that any deal for Canelo to fight Charlo, who is contractually free would include a deal to sign the talented young middleweight to the Golden Boy Promotional stable. 

The final consideration would be for Canelo to fight WBO champion, Billy-Joe Saunders. Although it would be likely the Hertfordshire man would rather attempt to become the undisputed champion of the world and fight Golovkin instead. This may muddy the waters for the IBF though, as they are insistent on Golovkin fighting Sergey Derevyanchenko who is the governing bodies mandatory. But in boxing circles we all know a unification fight, nevermind a fight to crown an undisputed champion would trump a mandatory. 

In short ... the 160-pound division resembles a casserole of nonsense right now!!