It’s been nearly two months now since former lineal middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin tasted defeated for the first time in his career. On September 18th in Las Vegas, the boxing world saw Golovkin suffer a very close majority-decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in a fight that was again highly-disputed. The two men had fought to a controversial 12-round split-draw one year prior as well.
Golovkin is taking the loss hard but still looking towards the future. In a recent interview with Fight Hub, Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler discussed what may be next for his star fighter.
“Look, GGG is taking some time off,” Loeffler said. “He was very disappointed with the decision [vs. Canelo], as we all were. We feel he’s still a champion, we feel he’s still undefeated. But there’s a lot of interest in GGG with DAZN, there’s a lot of interest with ESPN, and we’re just working out what’s the best situation for him.”
Not only was Loeffler and Golovkin’s side upset about what happened in the rematch, so too are they upset about the scoring results of both fights. But Loeffler says they are all trying to move forward.
“A lot of people ask me about the third Canelo fight,” said Loeffler. “You know, I think that’s a great fight. I think the second fight was a better fight than the first fight, which often times goes the other way, but what can you say? There’s no use to complaining about the decision, it is what it is. We were disappointed with both decisions frankly, with the Canelo fight, but we’re making the best of the situation.”
Loeffler noted that the general public seems to believe that Golovkin should have won the fight, and that his popularity has seemed to increase despite his first taste of defeat. But where will Golovkin go next? There are so many options, it seems. Alvarez recently inked a $365 million deal with DAZN over 11 fights, and the ESPN network is heavily involved in the sport once again, with fights also being showcased on their ESPN + streaming app.
Loeffler sized all the options up for his fighter, who, at age 36, doesn’t have the most time left in the world.
“There’s a lot of factors,” said Loeffler. “You know, money isn’t the only motivating factor. We saw big numbers for Canelo but, you know, television exposure, publicity, you know, there’s a lot of things involved with that. So Golden Boy made a great deal from the sound of it for Canelo and the rest of their stable with DAZN. There’s a lot of interest from DAZN because they realize a fight with Rocky Fielding is one thing, but they realize those numbers, whatever the numbers are that were guaranteed — I still think the biggest fight in the sport of boxing, frankly, is a third fight with GGG.”