World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has opened up on the current situation regarding Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez following the fight’s delay until 2017.
Sulaiman had ordered the two pound for pound stars to open negotiations to contest the WBC middleweight title following Canelo’s victory over Miguel Cotto, although the Mexican chose to vacate the title, leaving Golovkin to be coronated as the new king.
Canelo then moved on to face Liam Smith and pick up a version of the 154 pound title, whilst Golovkin battled Kell Brook, with both coming out of their respective contests knockout victories.
Prior to those September outings, promoters Golden Boy had requested more time to build Canelo into the 160 pound division and ‘GGG’ promoter Tom Loeffler agreed to a date in the fall of next year.
Despite this, Sulaiman wouldn’t be drawn on whether he fully expected GGG v Canelo to happen next year and wants to wait until both boxers are in a position to focus solely on one another.
“I know Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez is now on standby,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Golovkin has a fight coming up in March and Canelo was injured in his last fight so I think whatever is said now (regarding September) has not got any strong possibilities until the interim fights are completed.
“We will see once Canelo is ready and Golovkin has his fight. Then hopefully they will negotiate and make the fight that everybody wants to see.
“Right now, Canelo is recovering from injury and Golovkin is training for another fight so it’s hard to speculate and we will see after March how things shape up.”
That March bout in question is set to be Golovkin versus Daniel Jacobs on US soil and will see the big-hitting Kazakh put his clutch of belts on the line for a second time as Canelo eyes a return in May.
Golden Boy’s Robert Diaz confirmed to WBN Canelo’s usual Cinco de Mayo date is indeed the target for the 26 year-old’s next fight, with a second contest of the year pencilled in for September.