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Exclusive: Sulaiman sure GGG v Canelo won’t be another MayPac – ‘Not many other options out there’

Phil Jay 28/05/2016

Naoki Fukuda

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is adamant a fight between middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and former champ Canelo Alvarez won’t turn into another long-running boxing saga.

‘GGG’ was handed the 160 pound WBC belt recently due to Canelo failing to follow through with his mandatory obligations, leading to groans from the masses who were looking forward to a potentially classic match-up.

Canelo, according to his promoters Golden Boy, remains focused on putting pen to paper against Golovkin in his own time, whilst Sulaiman bemoans a lack of other big name contenders that should see the pair eventually agree to trade blows.

“Everybody is hopeful as it’s a great match and a great fight that boxing needs to give to the fans,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I don’t think it will be like Mayweather v Pacquiao. I don’t think so because there are not many options out there both fighters. There are not many avenues where they can grow and continue their popularity.

“To become icons they need that big fight. They both need big fights.”

Regarding rumours both fighters are now looking elsewhere for their next opponent, Sulaiman outlined that the contest would continue to be at the top of the boxing wanted list.

“There is so much speculation regarding other fights, but we tried to stipulate that both fighters sit down and negotiate the fight as it’s the one fight that matters in that division.

“We must now wait and see what happens,” he added.