“Both fighters have made it clear they want it. The public, the fans and the press want it,” said Mauricio Sulaiman, the head of the WBC, “it’s the right fight at the right time.”
Sulaiman has said before that, if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez does not fight his mandatory, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, then Canelo will be stripped of his WBC middleweight title.
Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo’s promoter along with Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, have already began negotiating for the fight.
As for interim fights? According to Loeffler, that’s not going to happen.
“I can tell you that any reports … that there are interim fights being discussed is completely false,” Loeffler told the LA Times on Tuesday, “we have made it clear to Golden Boy and the WBC that there would be no interim fights or extensions to the purse bid. Canelo got one interim fight. Now he needs to fight Triple G. Whether Canelo keeps the title or not is his decision.”
If Canelo decides not to fight Golovkin, not only would he be stripped of his belt, but it would be given to Golovkin instead.
After Canelo’s decision win against Cotto in November, Canelo demanded that there be a catch weight of 155 lbs. for a fight against Golovkin.
But, after his KO win against Amir Khan, Canelo sang a different tune. To mch excitement, Canelo actually invited Golovkin into the ring.
“I invited him because I’m not afraid. And I wanted to prove to him I’m not afraid,” Canelo said. “We didn’t have any words. But the main thing is this: If we’re going to fight, we’re going to fight not because it’s mandated. I don’t care about that. If we’re going to fight, we’re going to fight for honor and pride.”
Both parties have until May 24th to come to a decision. Sulaiman plans to send them a reminder this Friday.