When IBF/ IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) defends against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on September 16, he won’t be defending his WBC title against him. Canelo is NOT interested in fighting for Golovkin’s WBC title.
GGG’s WBC title will be on the line anyway for the Canelo fight on September 16. If Canelo beats Golovkin, then the WBC title will become vacant. Canelo will, of course, capture Golovkin’s IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight titles. That would be more than enough for Canelo to pick and choose who he wants to fight.
With Canelo deciding not to fight for Golovkin’s WBC title, it removes the possibility of the WBC forcing Canelo to face the winner of this Saturday’s WBC middleweight title eliminator between Jermall Charlo and Jorge Sebastian Heiland. Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) is expected to beat Heiland tonight.
If Canelo gets his hands on the WBC title, the belt would be like a hot potato for him. The WBC would immediately order Canelo to fight Charlo, and he’d have a fight that potentially could be as tough as the Golovkin match. If Canelo wants to remain a PPV attraction in boxing, he’s likely going to need to be steered around certain fighters. Putting Canelo in with Charlo or Danny Jacobs might result in a premature end to his days as a PPV star. At the very least, a loss to either of those guys could signal that Canelo isn’t suited for the 160-lb. division.
It’s thought by some that Canelo still has hard feelings from last year when the World Boxing Council ordered him to defend his WBC middleweight title against Golovkin, who they installed as his mandatory challenger. That was an odd move by the WBC, because was a world champion already. It’s not common for sanctioning bodies to take world champions and make them the mandatory for their belt holders. The WBC obviously wanted to see Golovkin fight for their title, so they attempted to speed up the pace by making him the mandatory for the WBC belt after he beat Marco Antonio Rubio on October 18, 2014. Canelo won the WBC middleweight title a year later in defeating Miguel Cotto by a 12 round unanimous decision in November 2015.
“I am very proud to be fighting for these important titles in this fight,” Alvarez said to ESPN.com. “This will be the best boxing event of the year, and I know all of the fans from Mexico and beyond will come out and enjoy the fight as I defend my lineal and Ring magazine titles and take home the WBA and IBF championships.”
Canelo choosing not to take the WBC title if he beats Golovkin, it means tonight’s fight between Charlo and Heiland will be picking the next WBC middleweight title. Again, Charlo is expected to win that fight with flying colors. Heiland is a good fighter, but he’s not that type of talent. Charlo will be the new champion if GGG fails to beat Canelo on September 16.
Canelo beating Golovkin would only be the start of his journey at conquering the 160-lb. division. Canelo would need to beat Golovkin a second time and you can bet that whatever mistakes that he makes in the first fight; he’ll fix them in the second. It’s going to be grueling affairs for Canelo for him to defeat Triple G twice. Golovkin is very competitive, and he’ll come out punching even harder in the rematch. There are a lot of different tactics Golovkin could use to try and beat Canelo.
If Canelo isn’t worried about proving himself to be the best at 160, he could ignore the tougher guys in the division and pick and choose whoever he wants to fight. The casual boxing fans wouldn’t care whether Canelo cleans out the middleweight division or not. They just want to see Canelo fight, period. It doesn’t matter who he fights. So instead of Canelo facing Golovkin in a rematch and then Charlo and Jacobs, Canelo could fight these guys:
– Billy Joe Saunders
– David Lemieux
– Ryota Murata
– Hassan Ndam
– Luis Arias
– Sergey Derevyanchenko
– Tureano Johnson
– Miguel Cotto
– Kell Brook
Fighting those guys could take a considerable amount of time for Canelo. He could also face two or three welterweights. Canelo could fight these welterweights:
– Danny Garcia
– Keith Thurman
– Errol Spence Jr.
– Jeff Horn
– Shawn Porter
A fight against Jeff Horn would be ideal for Canelo. He’d make a lot of make a lot of money fighting Horn in Australia, where their fight would be shown on PPV.
Ideally, Canelo will patch up whatever differences he has with the WBC and once again fight for their titles. It doesn’t make sense for him to be ignoring such a popular fight like the WBC belt. WBC champions are frequently recognized as the best in their respective divisions. Obviously, that’s not always the case, but I think it’s true right now for the middleweight title.
Golovkin looks hard to beat right now. Canelo is a good fighter, but he’s still kind of green when it comes to the 160-lb. division, and he’s lacking in both power and size. Those are important things to have. Being fast is a good asset for Canelo, but he needs the size and the power for him to deal with the big boys at 160. Erislandy Lara and Floyd Mayweather Jr. both showed how vulnerable Canelo is against fighters that use their jabs.
What’s interesting is that Canelo is Still the Ring Magazine middleweight champion despite him vacating his WBC middleweight title last year to avoid fighting GGG. Ring Magazine has frozen Canelo in that spot as their champion, and it looks strange. Canelo seems to be proud of being the Ring champion. Obviously, Ring Magazine needs to change their rules to remove champions who don’t defend their titles within a certain period. They still have Tyson Fury as the heavyweight champion, and he hasn’t fought in 2 years.
Some believe that Canelo is still the Ring champion because his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions own the magazine. After Canelo vacated his 160 lb. WBC title, he moved down to 154 and fought Liam Smith for the WBO junior middleweight title. Canelo then moved up to super middleweight and fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catch-weight at 164.5 lbs. That means Canelo hasn’t fought at middleweight for his last 2 fights. That should mean that he’s stripped of his Ring title. When
Canelo briefly was the WBC middleweight champion, he beat welterweight Amir Khan in his only defense of his belt. It wasn’t even a contender that Canelo fought. Canelo beat Cotto at a catch-weight to win the WBC middleweight title. Cotto had won the WBC with a catch-weight fight against a past his best Sergio Martinez.
Canelo is going to need to use a lot of footwork and angles against Golovkin for him to avoid getting knocked out by him. Canelo has to make Golovkin miss, and then counter him with shots. That means Canelo will have to do a lot of leaning back when Golovkin commits to his punches. The problem is that if Golovkin decides to start jabbing, then he’s going to have a good chance of catching Canelo with those shots. Canelo will need to come forward to land his own shots because he lacks the arm length to stay on the outside and jab Golovkin.