Golden Boy Promotions boxing hit NYC today, and helped set up a press meet n greet and query session for David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens, who settle their score Saturday night at Turning Stone in Verona, NY, and on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Eric Gomez held down the fort on the executive front and answered questions about, yes, the middleweight clash which could well provide the slambang trading that many thought they’d be tuning in to Saturday, between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, two ace welters.
I questioned Gomez, an affable Cali resident who has for two years in a row been a crafter of the BWAA Fight of the Year, about the BIG ONE, the one that fans have been craving for going on two years now: Canelo versus Gennady Golovkin.
“That’s the one we want to make, we’re on track for it,” he said. “It’s the one Canelo wants, and we want it.”
Promoter-rival Bob Arum on Tuesday was quoted as saying to ESPN Deportes he doesn’t think that Oscar will follow through, and actually pull the trigger on making Canelo versus GGG. Why? Because, in Arum’s mind, that is too risky for his “cash cow.”
“I don’t think Arum would ever put his cash cow, Manny Pacquiao, in with Terence Crawford, and I think that’s a shame,” Gomez continued. “Because Crawford is the future of boxing, and for him to not get a big fight for Crawford, I think that’s a shame! He’s talking about our cash cow, what about his cash cow! Put Manny in with Crawford. That’s the fight he should be making, that’s the fight the fans want to see! I bet you this, we’ll do the Canelo fight with Golovkin before he’s able to make Crawford against Pacquiao!”
Gomez said there’s no excuse, Arum promotes both men. “Why doesn’t he get his fighter the big fight? He should get his fighter the big fight instead of worrying about our situation.”