Four-weight world champion Miguel Cotto has effectively ruled himself out of a fight with Gennady Golokvin should the Puerto Rican come through his clash with Canelo Alvarez this weekend.
Cotto was stripped of his middleweight title this week by the World Boxing Council just days before his scheduled defense against Canelo in Las Vegas.
The Puerto Rican failed to comply with the rules and regulations of the organization fully.
That famous green belt will now only be on the line for the Mexican when the pair lock horns at the Mandalay Bay. It looks increasingly likely that Cotto, 35, will be heading back down to 154 pounds or retiring once the fight is over.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman fought long and hard to help put Cotto and Canelo in the same ring. He licked his lips – along with the rest of boxing, at the prospect of the winner fighting mandatory challenger Golovkin next year.
As it turns out, ‘Junito’ goes into the high-profile Nevada contest without a title in his possession following the WBC’s shock decision to act. Only Canelo can now walk away with the gold once the final bell tolls.
All this means Cotto was under no obligation whatsoever to meet Golovkin in 2016. He can make his own decision as to where he goes after his upcoming fight.
Whether Canelo decides to keep the 160 championship – on the other hand – and face Golovkin should his arm be raised on Saturday night, it could be a different story.
The 25 year-old is known to be bigger at the limit and may want to accept the challenge.
Canelo weighed 160.2lbs with just seven days remaining until fight night for the 155lb bout.
Although the higher weight would mean a more relaxed build-up, opposing the most fearsome puncher on the planet is a big risk for anybody moving up… ask Miguel Cotto.