Boxing: Alvarez-Golovkin September rematch talks collapse over payout dispute, says report

Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin (right) had been due to fight each other in May 2018 before the middleweight bout was cancelled after Alvarez failed a drug test.
Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin (right) had been due to fight each other in May 2018 before the middleweight bout was cancelled after Alvarez failed a drug test.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin's negotiations for a boxing rematch have collapsed following a dispute over the proposed purse, ESPN reported on Tuesday (June 5).

The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las Vegas in May before the middleweight bout was cancelled after Alvarez failed a drug test.

With the Mexican free to fight once his six-month suspension ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September.

However, Alvarez's promoter Oscar de la Hoya said plans for a Sept 15 rematch had fallen through after Kazakhstani world champion Golovkin demanded a 50-50 cut of the purse.

"He's stubborn and wanting 50-50 and it's not going to happen," de la Hoya told ESPN about Golovkin. "The Canelo train has left the station."

He said Alvarez would now likely fight Daniel Jacobs instead in September.

"So there's a deal on the table for Daniel Jacobs to fight Sept 15 against Canelo," de la Hoya said.

"Daniel Jacobs loves the fight and we love the fight as well. So we're just moving forward and making sure that Canelo has the toughest dance partner possible for Sept 15."

Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in September last year.

Jacobs, meanwhile, gave Golovkin a stern test when the two fought last year, with Jacobs taking the champion the distance in a bruising 12-rounder.

"Jacobs gave GGG a run for his money a lot of people thought that he won," de la Hoya said.

"I can't say he won't be Canelo's toughest fight. He might be tougher than GGG."