Canelo Alvarez Vacates WBC Belt, Claims Still Wants GGG
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez officially has vacated the WBC Middleweight belt. With the WBC deadline looming, Canelo opted to ignore the deadline, although he says he is still interested in negotiating a fight with Golovkin.
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today.”
According to Oscar De La Hoya:
“He[Canelo Alvarez] is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline and now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.”
Canelo Alvarez has previously expressed his eagerness to get in the ring with Golovkin. However, after his first time calling out GGG publicly in the ring after his bout with Miguel Cotto, he decided to, behind closed doors, negotiate an extension, delaying the bout with Golovkin.
Now again, after beating the man (Amir Khan) he fought to avoid GGG and famously saying,”We[Mexicans] don’t f*** around, I fear no man!” , he drops the belt whose sanctioning body mandated he face Gennady Golovkin.
Fans will no doubt continue to question whether or not Canelo Alvarez truly has the ‘balls’ to face Golovkin.
Golovkin who was the mandatory challenger for Canelo’s former title, will now be the interim WBC middleweight champion.