A year after Saul Canelo Alvarez vacated his WBC middleweight title to avoid a fight with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, the World Boxing Council have created a special commemorative title for Canelo and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight over on May 6 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The WBC felt that the Canelo-Chavez Jr. was such an important belt, they chose to create a belt for the fight. So far, the move by the WBC to create a made up belt for the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight hasn’t been a popular one with the boxing fans. They view this move as the WBC helping out Canelo because he wouldn’t take the risk of fighting WBC champion Golovkin to win a belt. The new WBC title could wind up in Golovkin’s trophy cabinet later this year if Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions allow him to face GGG in September.
Boxing News Results thinks it makes Canelo and Chavez Jr. look REALLY bad with them fighting for a made up belt by the WBC. I think I speak for a lot of boxing fans when I say this move makes Canelo and Chavez Jr. look bad in them allowing the title to be on the line.
It’s not a good look for Canelo to be fighting for the WBC’s made up belt, because he’s been seen as ducking GGG for the last 2 years. By accepting a specially created belt from the WBC instead of fighting Golovkin for his WBC middleweight title, it puts Canelo in the worst possible light you can imagine.