The odd behind-the-scenes happenings at Golden Boy Promotions have made for some strained, awkward business dealings in recent months.
The move to have IBF/WBA light heavyweight champ, Bernard Hopkins unify with WBO champ Sergey Kovalev on HBO should’ve made it clear that Golden Boy President and founder, Oscar De la Hoya, is willing to flex some muscles if necessary.
This time, Golden Boy’s greatest asset and exclusive top draw, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may be shipped off to HBO in a bout against former welterweight titlist, Joshua Clottey.
What message this sends to Showtime and its Director of Sports Programming, Stephen Espinoza, remains a mystery. It could be that the former six-division world champ is trying to fight a perceived allegiance Espinoza may have towards Al Haymon fighters by making it clear that he will go where the air is cleaner if need be.
It was originally thought that Alvarez’s next bout would be on Showtime PPV with rumors pointing to James Kirkland as the leading candidate for the opponent slot. The news of ongoing Canelo-Clottey talks was confirmed Sunday evening by Clottey promoter Joe DeGuardia.
A December date is being discussed.