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Alvarez-Golovkin Bout Held Off Until Next Year In Hopes Of Building Commercial Hype

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 23 / 16

A showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin "looms as boxing's biggest fight" since last year's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout, but it "won't happen until at least" fall '17, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Golden Boy Promotions VP Eric Gomez, who promotes Alvarez, and ...

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