Canelo Alvarez Targeting Trilogy Fight With Gennady Golovkin in September

Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin 3 incoming?

It appears that we could see the trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in September. According to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn Canelo is considering battling his long time rival before a rematch with Dmitry Bivol.

Canelo Alvarez was recently upset by Dmitry Bivol and a contest that took place over Cinco de Mayo weekend. The match would be the second time that Canelo tasted defeat, the first being to Floyd Mayweather. Now it appears that the Mexican boxing star will settle the score with two-time opponent Gennady Golovkin who many argue deserved to get the nod over Canelo in their bouts.

Eddie Hearn recently shared a statement on what he believes Canelo’s next move will be.

“If he fights GGG, he’ll rematch Bivol straight after,” Hearn said. “I think a GGG fight is much bigger now than it was pre-Bivol because everyone just thought (Alvarez) was unbeatable. It’s a great fight. I’d love to do one more.”  

But why now of all times? Let’s investigate.

 

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Why Golovkin Over Bivol?

Choosing Gennady Golovkin as his next dance partner isn’t merely happenstance. At this point in his career Canelo Alvarez is choosing his opponents wisely. Golovkin while still a massive threat is a bit passed his prime. He’s forty years old and while he isn’t shopworn, he isn’t quite the unstoppable beast that he once was. Facing an aging fighter that you’ve beat once already is certainly a strong option for Canelo especially coming off a loss.

Compare that to the idea of an immediate rematch with Dmitry Bivol. The WBA light heavyweight champion proved to be too big, too slick, and too active for Canelo Alvarez to overcome. Bivol is young and in his prime. He’s the bigger man and already has a win over Canelo, that last bit giving him a psychological edge. He’s a much more dangerous fight for Canelo at this stage to have an immediate rematch. Instead Canelo should go back to the drawing board and take some time before leaping into another contest with Bivol so soon.

Dollars and Sense

Another point to mull over is the fact that a Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin trilogy fight will make more money. While Dmitry Bivol has seen his star rise after defeating Canelo, he’s not a bigger name than Golovkin. “GGG” has more brand recognition and more casual fans than Bivol at this point. That means a third meeting between Canelo and Golovkin is likely to generate more ticket sales and pay-per-view purchases. That means big money for everyone involved.

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News and Editorial Writer at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.