There’s a good chance we won’t be seeing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez face Gennady Golovkin next time out, the WBC announced Monday.
The two fighters will have a chance to defend their titles in separate bouts taking place in early 2016. This, the WBC says, is intended to maximize the interest in a potential fight between Canelo and GGG.
If they’re both to be successful in their next matches, the WBC says they will have a 15-day window to negotiate a deal starting May 31, 2016.
“Canelo vs. GGG is one of the most important events in the sport of boxing and their promotional companies and partners have been communicating openly and in good faith. The ultimate goal of all involved is to make certain that the best conditions are secured for their fighters and the boxing world, and to preserve their full commitment to abide by, and respect, the governing WBC Rules & Regulations.”
Alvarez last defeated Miguel Cotto in a 12-round unanimous decision in November to become the lineal middleweight champion. It was his fourth victory in a row, all stemming back from his first career loss at the hands of Floyd “Money” Mayweather in 2013.
Undefeated through 34 professional bouts, Golovkin currently holds the IBF and IBO middleweight titles. He last defeated David Lemieux via eighth-round TKO inside of Madison Square Garden in New York in October.
Like Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao before them, Alvarez and GGG have many a boxing fan salivating at the idea of a potential bout if nothing more than the prospect of an exciting, action-packed contest between two of the best sluggers in the sport today.