By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com caught up with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman during fight week for the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch that took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Many topics were discussed including the WBC mandatory situation in the middleweight division. Canelo Alvarez captured the title in 2015 when he outpointed Miguel Cotto at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a bout fought at a 155 pound catchweight. He defended it the following year when he crushed Amir Khan in 6 rounds at the same 155 pound catchweight.
At that point a fight between mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin and Alvarez was ordered but Canelo opted to relinquish the belt and drop back to the super welterweight division where he captured the WBO title with a stoppage victory over Liam Smith in Texas.
Jermall Charlo (27-0), who was held the IBF super welterweight title, debuted in the middleweight division in July, 2017 when he won an elimination bout by stopping Jorge Heiland in 4 rounds. He then captured the WBC interim title when he steamrolled Hugo Centeno in 2 rounds in April.
The 2018 WBC Convention begins on September 30th in the Ukraine and Sulaiman said that a decision will be made then on when Alvarez-Charlo will be ordered when the WBC Board of Governors go through each weight class one by one.
“The WBC has informed the camps and it has been clear and public that Charlo, who is the mandatory contender, had accepted to have the (first) fight Canelo-Triple G and then he accepted to have the rematch that is why we ordered an interim title because the WBC demanded to support an (immediate) rematch (of Alvarez-Golovkin). So Charlo won an interim title and he accepted the May 5th fight and again accepted after the postponement so he has been very patient and very lenient. He understands the greatness of this this fight and I am confident that everything will be okay,” Sulaiman told BoxingScene.com.
Alvarez, who defeated Golovkin via majority decision, traditionally fights in May and September but indicated that he would like to return in December this year. Former middleweight champion David Lemieux, who stopped Spike O’Sullivan on the Alvarez-Golovkin undercard, is the leading contender to be his opponent.
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