Canelo movement puts Golovkin fight further in doubt

Rey Sanchez 23/12/2016

Stacey Verbeek

Gennady Golovkin, the current middleweight king is further away from making one of the most anticipated fights for the boxing fans against Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Despite what Oscar De La Hoya of GBP recently said, the he’d put his license as a promoter on the line if the Canelo-Golovkin fight isn’t made in 2017, the fight is still up in the air.

Several websites have just reported the WBO, through its classification committee and according to the words of its president, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, have decided to raise Canelo Álvarez from his position as the super welterweight champion to the mandatory challenger for middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, overtaking current number one, New York-based Georgian Avtandil Khurtsidze.

The Khurtsidze team has a reasonable time to appeal this decision so that later in 2017, Khurtsidze joins the mix as a potential rival for the winner of a fight between Canelo and Saunders. Not to mention, the fact that De Lay Hoya will certainly put an immediate rematch clause in case Canelo loses his chance against B.J. Saunders on the first attempt.

Canelo has also been linked to a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the spring.

We also have another boxer who is in the Canelo stable as David Lemiux who GBP seemingly want to keep away from the Mexican for now. David

Lemieux lost his world title against Golovkin, but he is currently ranked #4 and that gives him a privileged position for the Canelo and Lemieux promoter Oscar de La Hoya, who can perform an in-house match to give Canelo a fairly good fight in the middleweight ranks.

All of this leads us to the conclusion that in Canelo’s career in 2017 has three names in the frame. First choice is Saunders, with a possible rematch clause, plus as a designated fighter we cannot leave Chavez Jr. out of the mix. The third being Lemieux.

To conclude, all the aforementioned clearly indicates that the expected Canelo-Golovkin fight will have to wait all 2017 and maybe after the latest developments 2018 as well.

Maybe it’s done or maybe not, but we think Golovkin has 168-pound challenges that would put this bout off the shelf for good. So, it looks like GGG is further away from Canelo Alvarez, for at least one more year.