Canelo vacates but still wants GGG!

Canelo vacates but still wants GGG!

By Hector Franco

In what may come to some as a shocking turn of events to many, Canelo Alvarez has decided to vacate his WBC middleweight title. In a statement released by Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya via Golden Boy Promotions it has been decided that Alvarez didn’t want to have any deadlines when it came to negotiations with Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez had this to say in his statement. 

“After much consideration, today. I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG’, and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced in to the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.” – Canelo Alvarez

The WBC had mandated that the camps come to some agreement by May 24th. Now that the WBC title has been vacated it will likely go into the hands of the Kazakhstani fighter.  The fight would be the biggest event in boxing and the deadline of May 24th may not have been enough time to figure out certain details in an agreement to fight. Golovkin’s main goal has been to capture all of the titles at middleweight. With Alvarez vacating, it has left the door open for both men to face other opponents. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya had this to say regarding the title and negotiations between the two camps. 

“There is no denying that Canelo is the biggest star in the sport of boxing. He is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline. Now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.” - Oscar De La Hoya

Alvarez and De La Hoya in their statements have maintained that even in vacating the WBC title, Alvarez is still willing to face Golovkin. Fans will be weary that the bout will be delayed to next year. Alvarez is one of the few fighters in the sport that is bigger than the sanctioning bodies. A move like this shows that Canelo has more options available to him than Golovkin. If De La Hoya and Alvarez hold true to their word a fight with Golovkin will still come sooner than later. 

 

Source: 

W. (18, May 2016). Canelo Vacates WBC title! Says Golovkin talks Continue. Retrieved May 2016, 18, from http://www.boxingscene.com/canelo-vacates-wbc-title-says-golovkin-talks-continue--104724

 

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