Head of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya Has told ESPN that Gennady Golovkin has priced himself out of a rematch with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after demanding that the pair share a 50-50 split of the purse money. De La Hoya said Tuesday that talks for a proposed September 15 rematch at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas fell apart after GGG refused to budge on an equal split of the spoils.
Instead it is hoped that American middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs could now step in after his British promoter Eddie Hearn showed his interest by being open to a deal.
Speaking exclusively to ESPN.com De La Hoya said: "He’s(Golovkin) stubborn and wanting 50-50, and it’s not going to happen. The Canelo train has left the station."
De La Hoya revealed that Golden Boy president Eric Gomez had contacted Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn (Jacobs’ promoter) on Tuesday afternoon to start negotiations.
"There’s a deal on the table for Daniel Jacobs to fight Sept. 15 against Canelo," De La Hoya told ESPN. "Eddie loves the idea. He loves the fight. 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."
Responding to a possible September 15 pay per view showdown on HBO Eddie Hearn said: "I can tell you that we love the fight. It’s a fight that when I signed Daniel Jacobs he told me he believes he beats Canelo every day of the week.
"We had a brief conversation with Golden Boy about a week ago or so [when Alvarez-Golovkin negotiations were first on the ropes], and it was hard to tell whether it was part of the plan in the negotiations with Canelo-Golovkin or if they really wanted the fight. We confirmed our interest, and today we received an official offer to fight Canelo on Sept. 15.
"I’ve taken the offer to Keith Connolly, Danny’s manager, Danny. We’re extremely interested. Obviously, it’s a huge fight."