|Ritz Agranum |||May 12, 2016 03:47 PM EDT|
(Photo : gettyimages.com) Canelo Alvarez could be going up against Gennady Golovkin this September.
Even the boxing sanctioning body is getting out of the way for a potential mega-fight between current middleweight champions Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and unified titlist Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin has two belts under his name but is also the Mexican's topmost challenger by virtue of the interim title he holds for the WBC.
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World Boxing Association Gilberto Mendoza Jr. said on Wednesday that the United States-founded boxing sanctioning organization will not stand in the way of an Alvarez-Golovkin fight. This could easily the biggest fight in boxing short of a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao rematch, according to ESPN.
"The WBA will not interfere in the Golovkin-Canelo negotiations because that is the fight the fans want," Mendoza said. "However, should they not reach an agreement, [the] WBA mandatory fight for Golovkin will be against [Daniel] Jacobs."
The Kazakhstani boxer holds the WBA's so-called "super" belt while the 29-year-old American Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) is the "regular" champ and, therefore, Golovkin's mandatory challenger.
But Mendoza, who is the son of the late Francisco Gilberto Mendoza, the WBA's former president for more than three decades, will back off from issuing that order until he sees what happens with the Alvarez-Golovkin bout. If both fighters agree, the fight is likely to take place on the 17th of September at a venue still to be determined.
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) recently racked up a spectacular sixth-round knockout against British Amir Khan on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to make a resounding first title defense with 34-year-old Golovkin watching at ringside.
The WBC, which will oversee the world title fight, kept its word and sent letters to both parties on Monday ordering them to start negotiations as per a previous agreement.
The WBC agreed to sanction the previous matches of both fighters, as long as they agreed to fight each other next if they won. Golovkin won Dominic Wade on April 23, and Alvarez won Khan this past weekend, therefore, according to their agreement they must fight each other next.
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