Sulaiman: Cotto v Canelo very close, GGG next or he becomes undisputed champ
Mauricio Sulaiman has updated WBN on the lengthy negotiations that are still ongoing between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and former super welterweight world title holder Canelo Alvarez.
The WBC President outlined the fact that the fight still requires final approval from Cotto’s mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin as talks progress, but is confident that the fight will be formally announced soon and take place in November.
“The WBC is doing everything we can to have this fight done. It requires Gennady Golovkin’s acceptance, but the ruling and everything seems possible that the fight will materialize,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I believe that (November) is the case and it is just a natural fight and a great fight between two rivals that can enhance boxing.
“We have been addressing this for a couple of months and it seems that we are very close to a final agreement, so I am very positive.”
Sulaiman then went on to reaffirm that whoever comes out on top has to fulfil the Golovkin obligation immediately or they would be stripped of the title, which would then hand the WBA and IBO champion a massive stranglehold over the division with a third belt.
“The winner of Cotto v Alvarez has to fight Gennady Golovkin as that is the WBC ruling. If that doesn’t happen then Golovkin moves from interim to undisputed champion,” said Sulaiman.
All roads are pointing to a November clash in Las Vegas between two of the most exciting fighters in boxing today, whilst A catchweight of 155lbs is said to have been stipulated by Cotto himself.
“One pound over his usual weight is a limit Canelo has fought at twice in his career before and shouldn’t be any problem as the Mexican superstar aims to become a two-weight world champion.