WBC addresses status of Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez fight
By Joseph Correa
The WBC officially announces status of
it's middleweight division
The World Boxing Council has officially announced the status of its middleweight division on Monday afternoon.
Upon the joint request of WBC World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and their respective promotional companies, Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions, the WBC has issued their decision.
Canelo and Golovkin are entitled to make a voluntary defense of their titles to maximize the interest on a highly-anticipated showdown.
Following their defenses, a 15-day free negotiation period will be ordered. Those fights must be completed by May 31, 2016.
If no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be conducted under WBC rules and regulations. If a fighter is unable to fight the other in the wake of their voluntary defense, the WBC shall strip that fighter of the status of which they hold.
If that happens, the fighter who is able to fight will be named the undisputed WBC World middleweight champion.
Extending the negotiations window is a big move for both fighters, as there are a number of terms that need hashing out. The purse split may be the most intense portion of the negotiations, as Alvarez is far and away the bigger national draw. It's a given that Alvarez will receive a higher guarantee and overall gross, but finding an amenable middle ground on the percentage cut will be harder.
Alvarez has also made it clear he will not add weight to make the fight happen. Canelo has fought his last four bouts since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. at a 155-pound catchweight. GGG typically fights at the standard 160 pounds.
"I'm not afraid of any fighter," Alvarez said, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. "GGG is a great fighter ... If we do a fight, it's going to be at my weight class."
If this fight happens it will surely be one of the most anticipated showdowns of 2016 as both fighter's are being pegged as boxing's next superstar. It'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out and whether or not the two can come to an agreement and give the fans the fight they are all waiting to see.