Could Golovkin Walk Away From HBO After Rematch With Canelo?
Gennady Golovkin's fight on Saturday night against Canelo Alvarez will mark the final bout in Golovkin's alliance with HBO, and it will be "compelling to see" if he "turns away from a network that is increasingly turning its back on boxing," according to Lance Pugmire of the L.A. TIMES. Golovkin was "irked that HBO seemed unsupportive of his plan to fight a replacement opponent in May after Alvarez was suspended for six months for submitting two positive tests for clenbuterol." It "rubbed Golovkin as preferential treatment by the premium network toward Mexico’s popular Alvarez." But HBO noted that since his '12 debut, "no other fighter has been on the premium network more than Golovkin, with 14 appearances" (L.A. TIMES, 9/12).