Body Blow to Boxing: Chavez/Golovkin is Reportedly Off
- Updated: May 3, 2014
Count this as a major letdown…
Sports Illustrated is reporting¬† that the much anticipated June bout between middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (29-0. 26 KOs) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) is now off after Golovkin’s people at K2 Promotions could not reach an agreement with Top Rank, Chavez’s promoter. Exact details of the collapse in negotiations have not been revealed but Golovkin’s people are indicating that Top Rank couldn’t finalize their deal with Chavez.
There have been rumors floating around social media that Top Rank was having difficulty getting Chavez to sign an extension with their promotional outfit and that the Golovkin fight would potentially be Chavez’s last with the company. Thus, Top Rank was reportedly not too keen having Chavez score a potentially major victory against Golovkin and then bounce off to rival Golden Boy Promotions. Again, none of this is confirmed, but just your general social media scuttlebutt…
Anyway, if SI’s reporting is accurate, and there’s no reason to doubt them, this would serve as a major blow to HBO’s summer boxing calendar and to fight fans in general. As far as matchups go, you can’t do much better than Chavez and Golovkin who always produce fireworks and are both at interesting points of their career; Golovkin needs a major win to achieve the stardom he craves, while Chavez needs a big W to maintain relevance.
Alas, it appears the fight is off and that just sucks…