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MSG frontrunner to land Canelo in December

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Back in February, Madison Square Garden’s Joel Fisher griped over Canelo Alvarez fighting in Las Vegas at the newly opened T-Mobile Arena instead of New York in his bout with Amir Khan.

Fisher, a Garden executive, cautioned that if Alvarez didn’t change course, he could make the same mistake Floyd Mayweather Jr. did in his career by never fighting at The Mecca. Well, Canelo may soon be calling The Garden his home.

Golden Boy president Eric Gomez confirmed to RingTV.com on Thursday that Madison Square Garden remains the frontrunner to host Canelo’s next fight in December if he emerges unscathed from his matchup with Liam Smith on Sept. 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on HBO PPV.

Golden Boy has a hold on MSG for Dec. 10. Gomez cautioned that Golden Boy could stage the bout there only if issues with New York’s health insurance coverage are resolved before then. The New York State Athletic Commission recently approved regulations that would send health insurance costs skyrocketing for boxing promoters. The news of Golden Boy’s interest in putting Canelo at MSG was first reported by Steve Kim for Boxingscene.com.

Gomez declined to reveal possible opponents for Canelo as he makes his march up in weight to eventually facing middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the fall of 2017. But Ireland’s Andy Lee, who has a nice following in New York, is not presently under consideration.

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