Rather than fight Billy Joe Saunders in June, Gennady Golovkin will shift his focus to a possible clash with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September, according to The Vertical's Chris Mannix.
As Mannix reported Monday, Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, is in negotiations with Golden Boy Promotions to finalize a Golovkin-Alvarez fight.
Golovkin most recently earned a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs in March, which ran his record to a perfect 37-0. Alvarez is set to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas on May 6.
Last June, Golden Boy Promotions chairman Oscar De La Hoya tweeted he and Loeffler reached an agreement for a fall 2017 fight.
Nothing has since been announced, though, and ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported in March the two sides were still at an impasse over Golovkin's compensation. Golden Boy Promotions was angling for him to receive a specified payout, while Golovkin and Loeffler want him to earn a percentage of the fight's profits.
There's no question boxing fans would eagerly await Canelo vs. Golovkin should the two sides agree to terms for a fight.
However, the specter of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor's superfight could be a hurdle for De La Hoya and Loeffler.
McGregor told the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire in March he envisions fighting Mayweather in September. In order to maximize the revenue they could generate, De La Hoya and Loeffler would likely want to steer clear of a scheduling conflict with Mayweather-McGregor, potentially putting any September plans in jeopardy.
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