It looks like we may finally see the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy this year.
As Alvarez decides on his next fight, it was reported late last month that Alvarez had received two offers.
One was was an offer from Al Haymon’s PBC to defend his super middleweight titles against Jermall Charlo on May 7.
The other was a two-fight offer from Eddie Hearn‘s Matchroom Boxing that would see Alvarez face light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol on May 7.
That would be followed by a super middleweight trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin on September 17.
And as per ESPN, Alvarez has decided to go with the latter as he is currently close to finalizing that two-fight deal.
“Alvarez and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing are closing in on a two-fight deal worth upward of $85 million for boxing’s top star to compete on DAZN, sources told ESPN. The first fight would pit Alvarez against light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol on May 7 in a return to 175 pounds.
“Provided Alvarez wins, as expected, he would defend his undisputed 168-pound championship against GGG in a long-awaited grudge match Sept. 17, per sources.”
ESPN adds the deal has not been signed but negotiations were approaching the finish line.
Canelo Alvarez vs. GGG III In 2022
While the Bivol fight is a big one in itself, the Golovkin trilogy is probably the biggest fight in boxing aside from a heavyweight title unification clash.
The pair first met in September 2017 in a back-and-forth contest that ended in a split draw. Alvarez would come out victorious by unanimous decision in an even closer rematch one year later.
However, before the trilogy can happen, Golovkin has a job to do as well as he must first get past Ryoto Murata in a 160-pound title unification taking place in the spring in Tokyo, Japan.
What do you think of these being the next fights for Canelo Alvarez?