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Golovkin/Canelo - Decision Expected Tomorrow

Golden Boy Promotions Sets Deadline For Rematch Decision

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy Promotions has thrown down the gauntlet to WBC, WBA 'Super' & IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Golden Boy, who promote Mexican pound for pound elect, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez are keen to get the Kazazk middleweight kingpin to agree to their financial terms. However, it seems they will not delay their charges pursuit of a big fight and have set a firm deadline of 12 pm PT (8 PM GMT) for Golovkin to accept their offer. 

Of course, these two pugilistic premiers were due to trade leather on May 5th, but you all know why that fight didn't happen. I have neither the time nor the inclination to go down THAT rabbit hole once more. The original terms of the agreement were that the purse would be split 65/35 in Canelo's favour with the fight being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, given the wasted time due to Canelo's brushes with failed drugs tests and the Nevada State Athletic Commision. Golovkin demanded a much bigger percentage for the inconvenience caused, and thus we were back to square one. 

Two counter offers of 60/40 from Golden Boy and 55/45 from Tom Loeffler and Golovkin's team at K2 were made in an effort to finally seal what is one of the biggest fights in the sport of boxing. 

Gomez has said that they have submitted a best and final offer to Golovkin of 57.5/42.5 in Canelo's favour. "This is final'. Gomez told ESPN. "We've been through everything. We've been through the hoops, the monkey bars, the slides. No more playing games. He has until noon (PT) to accept or we walk away. If he walks away good luck to him.

Both men have suffered the consequences of not fighting on May 5th. Golovkin has lost his IBF middleweight crown for failing to fulfil his mandatory & Canelo has been stripped of his Ring Magazine title as of today. So whilst the fight is still hugely significant, after all, it is the fight to determine middleweight lineage. However, two of boxing's most important titles will no longer be on the line.

Should Golovkin not accept these terms, then Canelo will pursue a fight with Daniel Jacobs as reported this morning. Jacobs could, however, fight for the vacant IBF belt against Sergey Derevyanchenko.

With any luck by tomorrow noon we may have a better clue as to how the 160-pound division will shape up for the rest of the year!