Canelo Has Only 4 Days To Agree To Golovkin Fight...Or Else He Loses Middleweight Title
December 2, 2015
The clock is ticking for Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to agree to a fight. As Golovkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBC middleweight title, Canelo Alvarez has just 4 more days to agree to a fight with him, or else he will be supposedly stripped of the title.
Fight fans are salivating over the potential for a Canelo Alvarez-Gennady “GGG” Golovkin middleweight title unification fight. Canelo, now the WBC middleweight champion after defeating Miguel Cotto nearly a week and a half ago, has been mandated by the organization to fight GGG next. If Canelo is to be believed after his comments post-Cotto victory, surely that is on the horizon. “I will put the gloves on and fight him now,” Canelo said to Max Kellerman in the ring post fight.
In a perfect world, Canelo will be Canelo and not duck Golovkin. He has always taken on all comers and never ducked anyone. He’s a fearless warrior and a real throwback fighter. However there’s still one major hurdle to cross to make a GGG fight: weight.
Canelo is still not budging in his demand that Golovkin come down in weight to fight him. Canelo has fought his last few fights at 155, which is neither jr middleweight nor regular middleweight. Canelo is still demanding that Golovkin fight him at his weight, because Canelo is the champion and in his words, doesn’t have to “do what he wants.”
Furthermore, Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso, when speaking to ESPN Deportes (per BoxingNews24), seemed to echo Canelo’s feelings on fighting GGG at the middleweight limit of 160 lbs.
“From now we are not going to move from 155-pounds,” Reynoso said. “We are quite comfortable at this weight and it suits us. We are not inventing a new division; it’s just part of business and everyone looks for what suits them, and whoever wants to fight with Saul will have to come down or go up.”
Bad news for Canelo, however. If he wants to keep the belt, he does have to do what Golovkin wants, because he’s a mandatory challenger, not a voluntary. If GGG was a voluntary challenger, Canelo could force him to fight at his weight. However, since GGG is the WBC interim champ, which is a fancy way of saying he’s the number 1 contender, Canelo has to fight him at the mandated middleweight 160 lb limit.
This is not good news for Canelo, who was able to use his size and natural weight advantage to his advantage against the smaller Miguel Cotto. Against Golovkin, he won’t have that luxury. GGG is a full bodied natural middleweight, who hits like a heavyweight, and no matter how much Canelo bulks up, he will not have a size advantage against GGG.
Furthermore, GGG has said on record that the only fighter he would ever come down in weight for would be Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fight which will clearly never happen.
Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez had this to say on the matter to Fighthype. “I thought Canelo did well (against Cotto), but he’s not on Gennady’s level…if he doesn’t want to fight us, then that’s OK. We’ve move on to the next one.”
Hopefully Canelo does what’s best for the fans and for the sport, and fights GGG in what will surely be a megafight. However, don’t hold your breath. Oscar De La Hoya, Canelo’s promoter, doesn’t seem to keen on making the matchup yet, and will be more likely to make a Cotto rematch. The Cotto fight, if early estimates are any indication, did well on PPV, and was competitive enough to warrant a rematch. De La Hoya and Canelo, according to whispers around the sport, are also trying to lure Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of retirement to fight a rematch. But not a peep from them yet on a GGG fight. We should find out within the next few days what Canelo’s move is.
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