Gennady Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler told ESPN the rematch with Canelo Alvarez was dead at noon PT and that they were moving on to fight world titleholder Billy Saunders in late August. Loeffler said he had a deal done for that fight in case the Canelo rematch didn't get finalized. "We definitely had an agreement in place with Billy Joe Saunders," he said. "I was up front with them and told them if there's a way to get the Canelo deal that was a priority but Gennady had no hesitation fighting Billy Joe Saunders because he felt it was a challenging fight to fight an undefeated champion." It now seems evident that the hamstring injury Saunders claimed when he pulled out of the June 23 defense against Martin Murray was fake. So now Saunders has no Murray fight in June and no GGG fight in August.
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