WBC semi-finals set for Crawford’s belt, Charlo or Centeno to face Golovkin v Canelo winner

Ringside 03/01/2018

Ed Mulholland

Mauricio Sulaiman has begun 2018 by outlining the current situation regarding mandatories and voluntaries in each division.

In this section of the confirmation, Mr. Sulaiman has stated what will happen from middleweight to super-lightweight.

This will affect Gennady Golovkin and other big names in the divisions below.

Here’s what Mr. Sulaiman had to say on each matter, with more to follow on the rest of the weight classes.


Champion Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) has been mandated to fight a rematch with Canelo Alvarez, and negotiations are taking place.

In order to allow this rematch, the WBC ordered mandatory challenger Jermall Charlo to fight Hugo Centeno for the WBC middleweight interim championship.

Super welterweight

Champion Jermell Charlo (USA) made two mandatory defenses. A final elimination bout between Vanes Martirosyan and Maciej Sulecki has been ordered.


Champion Keith Thurman (USA) will return in a voluntary title defense, as he has recovered from his injury.

Shawn Porter is the mandatory challenger, and Danny Garcia will fight Brandon Rios in a final elimination bout for the second mandatory due to the inactivity of Thurman.

Super lightweight

Champion Terence Crawford (USA) will most likely move up in weight. The WBC ordered both Amir Imam vs. Juan Carlos Ramirez and Regis Prograis vs. Viktor Postol, with the winners to fight each other.

The World Boxing Council has a transparent policy to review each division every six months and relay this information to the fans.