Oscar De La Hoya has been on the media rounds promoting his good friend and former foe Bernard Hopkins’ final fight this weekend in LA against Joe Smith Jr. But he was not allowed get away from the interview without answering the question – will Canelo fight Golovkin in 2017?
But will Canelo fight Golovkin, will it really happen in 2017? It’s the million dollar question that has eluded boxing fans for a painfully long time now.
With ongoing negotiations at the moment between Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs, the Golovkin fight against Canelo if and when it does happen in 2017, will likely be in September of next year.
Speaking on ESPN’s First Take TV show today, Oscar De La Hoya started off talking about Hopkins’ final fight but he then came under (rather entertaining) fire and was berated by broadcasters Max Kellerman and Stephen Smith on the Canelo Golovkin fight:
(Hat tip and credit: ESPN First Take YouTube)
Positive words from the promoter, but we’ve been here before – looking like the fight was going to be made only for something in the negotiations causing it to be delayed again.
It was good to see De La Hoya say that he’ll put his promoters license on the line if he doesn’t get the fight done in 2017, as well as reaffirming his status and belief that Canelo is not afraid of Golovkin.
While the latter is certainly true, time will tell on the former promise from De La Hoya.
On a separate note from Canelo vs Golovkin, the Hopkins fight this weekend is another one to really look forward to for fans too.
Certainly one I’m looking forward to at least.
It’s quite extraordinary to think a 51 year old athlete like Hopkins is still competing at the very highest level – just shy of his 52nd birthday next January.