Oscar De La Hoya stated during a Thursday interview with ESPN Deportes that Canelo Alvarez would demand “90 percent” of an overall purse to meet Gennady Golovkin.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) last week announced its intention to secure a 2016 unification bout between the 25-year-old Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) and the 33-year-old Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs). Fighting at a maximum weight of 155 pounds, Alvarez unanimously outscored Miguel Cotto to capture the WBC World middleweight crown in November. Roughly a month prior to Alvarez’s victory, Golovkin scored an eighth-round TKO over Canadian slugger David Lemieux to consolidate middleweight titles on October 17.
The 5-foot-9 Alvarez recently dropped his request for a catchweight and verbally agreed to battle the 5-foot-10 Golovkin as a true, 160-pound middleweight. However, Alvarez will be allowed to meet an alternate opponent in the interim so he can safely gain weight before throwing fists with Golovkin.
“If I had my way, if the fight was happening tomorrow, the negotiation would be 90 percent for ‘Canelo’ and 10 percent for Golovkin, so obviously these negotiations would be complicated [if we did them now], but in time we will sit down and put together this fight, because it’s a fight that everyone wants to see,” said De La Hoya, 42, who promotes Alvarez.
Boxing is extremely popular in Mexico and Alvarez is a legitimate superstar in the Latino community. Although not nearly as potent as Golovkin inside the squared circle, because of his massive following outside of it, Alvarez would deserve the majority from profits. Still, ignoring “these negotiations,” Golovkin would clinically dissect the plodding and easily hittable Alvarez.
Nicknamed “The Good Boy,” Golovkin is a once-in-a-generation pugilist and the world’s premier pound-for-pounder. GGG secured his 21st straight stoppage and retained his 160-pound strap for the 15th time versus the 26-year-old Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs). Golovkin is a menacing, savage and accurate striker who has never been floored in over 380 affairs. GGG masterfully cuts off the ring and possesses a granite chin and cinder blocks for hands. Golovkin has now knocked out 91 percent of his opponents and is 15-0 in title contests.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), named Yahoo Sports’ Boxing Man of the Year in 2014, is a shrewd businessman who is keenly aware that Alvarez is the face of Golden Boy Promotions. Considering Alvarez’s importance to his promotional firm, De La Hoya’s ludicrous financial breakdown is somewhat understandable.
“In time,” Oscar De La Hoya will come to his senses, terms will be reached, and Gennady Golovkin will knockout Canelo Alvarez within 27 minutes this autumn.