Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez has stated that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has agreed to a rematch with unified world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5th, following the pair’s unsatisfactory scoring of the contest following their original bout in September of last year. Despite many fans, pundits and commentators believing Golovkin did more than enough to win the contest on points after twelve rounds of boxing, was ruled a draw by the judges ringside scoring the contest ringside. The score-card which stole the show which overshadowed the thrilling contest belonged to judge Adalaide Byrd who returned a scorecard of 118-110 in favour of Canelo Alvarez, to the bemusement and disgust of fans, journalists and prominent figures within the sport. Judge Dave Moretti returned a scorecard of 115-113 in favour of Golovkin and Don Trella scoring the bout a 114-114 draw.
Eric Gomez spoke to Los Angeles Times’s respected reporter Lance Pugmire, confirming that Canelo has agreed to face Golovkin once again and expects a deal to be reached within a few days. Gomez also confirmed to Pugmire that there is no contractually obligated rematch clause (in whose favour or not included full stop is unclear).
“It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement,”
“We want to concentrate on getting this [second Alvarez-Golovkin fight] done and then we can talk about a third fight later.”
Eric Gomez also stated his natural belief as an employee of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, his confidence in Canelo securing victory the second time around.
“I know Canelo’s going to win. I think Canelo figured him out in the last three rounds. Look at that fight. Canelo handled [Golovkin] those last three rounds. And this time around, Canelo’s going to have an easier time with him. Not an easy fight, but he has the experience now and he wants this fight.”
It is reported that a few important points in the agreement have to be tidied up first in the agreement, however, Gomez states that these are not “Major” points with all the major points having already been agreed upon.
The most intriguing factor to come out of reports is that it is not a certainty that the rematch will end up taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gomez confirms that there is a possibility that the Maddison Square Garden arena in New York could very well end up hosting the fight. The strength of pull of the contest being held at the New York venue is due to tax reasons, with the MSG’s $50,000 gate-tax cap on events held at the venue.
Gomez, however, is cautious knowing that overheads attached to fights within New York are expensive from flights, accommodation, insurances for the event and fighters involved on the promotion. No venue will be agreed upon till the contracts are agreed and signed by both parties for the contest to take place.