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Exclusive: Sulaiman hands GGG v Canelo fate over to promoters

Phil Jay 26/05/2016

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman remains hopeful that a massive middleweight clash between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez can happen in the near future.

Despite the WBC urging both parties to negotiate on the back of making the fight their mandatory, Canelo decided to vacate the title and hand interim champion Golovkin full status without a punch being thrown.

Earlier this week, WBN reported that Golovkin’s promoter had not received any contact from Canelo’s handlers at Golden Boy since the move to ditch the belt and Sulaiman has admitted that there isn’t much more he can do to make the fight.

“It’s been a complicated matter as it’s the fight that everybody wants to see and it’s unfortunate that it came to giving up the WBC title,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“We have abided by the rules and regulations from the beginning with agreements that both Canelo and Golovkin had signed, so if they are not negotiating then that’s up to the promoters now.

“The WBC went through our process and it did not produce the fight, so it’s now absolutely up to the promoters as to whether they want to do the fight or not.”

Golovkin has already been linked to bouts with fellow-title holders Danny Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders, whilst Canelo could be set for a return to super welterweight.

Canelo’s ability to still make a lower limit than 160 pounds seems to be the main sticking point over making the contest as Golovkin is a massive puncher at middleweight and would hold a distinct advantage over the Mexican.