Oscar De La Hoya: Canelo-GGG Rematch 'Won't Be Soon'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Gennady Golovkin (L) and Canelo Alvarez battle in the ninth round of their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya said he's meeting with Golden Boy Promotions superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in Mexico next week to discuss his next fight, but he doesn't expect the middleweight champion will immediately take on a third battle with Gennady Golovkin.

De La Hoya, the founder of Golden Boy Promotions, told TMZ Sports he understands Triple G is craving another shot at Alvarez but explained his side holds all the cards.

"We'll make him wait," the Olympic gold medalist said. "We'll see. He's the B fighter now. Canelo's the A fighter."

He was more definitive when asked what would happen if the trilogy eventually comes to fruition.

"I think Canelo will knock him out," De La Hoya told TMZ.

His comments come on the heels of Golovkin's own remarks to TMZ last week in which he explained his plans to pursue another matchup with Alvarez after his fight with Steve Rolls on Saturday night.

"Everybody wants it," GGG said.

Golovkin and Alvarez fought each of the past two Septembers.

Their first meeting in 2017 ended in a draw. The rematch last year landed Canelo a controversial victory by majority decision.

Alvarez has returned to the ring twice since the second encounter. He knocked out Rocky Fielding in December and defeated Daniel Jacobs in May to unify the middleweight titles.

Golovkin will be back in action for the first time Saturday as a massive -7,000 favorite against Rolls at Madison Square Garden in New York City, per Vegas Insider.

Triple G's comments suggested there was hope of a third straight September clash between the stars, but De La Hoya doesn't appear to believe it's going to come together that quickly.