Gennady Golovkin has signed a six-fight deal with television network DAZN across a three-year period that now opens the door up for a trilogy between the Kazakh boxer and Canelo Alvarez.
Golovkin is expected to fight for the first time as part of his new deal in June, where his next opponent has yet to be named. He has not been in the ring since he was beaten by Alvarez in Nevada last September when the judges gave the decision to the Mexican following 12 entertaining rounds.
The 36-year-old will be keen to become a world champion once again in the middleweight division where he once held the WBA, WBC and IBF belts. His defeat to Alvarez was the first loss of his professional career.
Alvarez signed with DAZN last October in what was described as a historic contract worth $365 million. The network will be very keen to host a trilogy between the two leading middleweights of the last decade.
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In the first clash between two of the leading pound-for-pound boxers in the sport, it ended in a controversial draw where many pundits had Golovkin ahead on the scorecards, however, the judges could not agree on a decision.
The second time the men shared the ring, the scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113 in favour of Alvarez which shows how close the fight was once again. A third instalment of their rivalry has a great amount of appeal and it could come as early as September.
Canelo Set For Tough Jacobs Test In May
Alvarez is back in action in May when he will face Daniel Jacobs. The WBA and WBC champion is 2/7 in the latest boxing odds for the fight. Victory against the American would keep him on course for the third contest against Golovkin later in 2019.
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Despite being only 28 years old, Alvarez has a wealth of experience in the professional ranks. He won his first world title in 2011 when claiming the vacant WBC light-middleweight crown with a points’ success against Matthew Hatton.
The Mexican lost his light-middleweight belt when he was beaten for the first time as pro in 2013 by Floyd Mayweather. It was a tough night for Canelo as two of the scorecards were widely in the American’s favour at 117-111 and 116-112.
Alvarez stepped up to the middleweight division not long after that loss where he bounced back well with solid victories coming over Erislandy Lara and James Kirkland. He then got the opportunity to fight for the WBC middleweight title against Miguel Cotto which he took, beating the Puerto Rican in comfortable fashion.
Wins against Amir Khan, Liam Smith and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr followed before the first Golovkin fight, while in his most recent bout, he stopped Rocky Fielding in the third round. Alvarez will not only defend how WBA and WBC belts against Jacobs in his next contest, it will also be for the IBF crown in the division.
While no contract has been signed for a trilogy just yet, both Golovkin and Alvarez will be looking to impress in their next outings to send a message to each other ahead of a third showdown.