WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), the knockout artist from Los Angeles by way of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, has spoken repeatedly about wanting to unify the titles. In addition to the WBA belt, Triple G is also the IBF, IBO, and interim WBC champion.
In an ideal world, the unification he has sought would take place in the ring. In an ideal world, making a superfight with WBC World middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), the hard-hitting redhead from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, would appear to be the most natural thing in the world.
But all is not as it appears.
For a unification to take place, Canelo’s cooperation is essential, as is the cooperation of his promoter, Golden Boy Promotion’s Oscar De La Hoya.
For reasons they can best explain but have not yet done, Canelo and his team have decided to relinquish his WBC title.
It’s as hard to read between the lines as it is to read minds, but the importance of a fight between Triple G and Golovkin has suddenly been seriously diminished.
The unanswered question is why? – Especially as it looks like Canelo and his team feel otherwise.
Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the WBA, continues to operate with the steadiest of steady hands.
“I do not want to interfere in anything, I would wait to see if there is an agreement for Golovkin with Canelo. I do not want to order a fight that is not going to happen so I will reconsider soon and take appropriate action,” said Mendoza.
“I maintain what I said before; If Golovkin does not fight with Saul Alvarez then Daniel Jacobs’s is mandatory.
“The statement released says Canelo will continue to negotiate with Golovkin so I prefer to wait to take the necessary action and will make an official statement next week.”