If GGG Loses to Canelo, WBC Middleweight Title Will Be Vacant

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez’s refusal to fight for the WBC middleweight title will lead to a peculiar scenario if he beats Gennady Golovkin.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin will defend his WBC title, in addition to his IBF, IBO and WBA championships, against Alvarez, despite that Alvarez won’t pay a sanctioning fee to fight for the Mexico City-based organization’s 160-pound championship. Alvarez can win the three other titles Golovkin owns, but the WBC championship would become vacant if Alvarez wins their HBO Pay-Per-View main event.

According to the WBC’s rules, Golovkin must defend his title against Alvarez because they’re participating in a title fight at the 160-pound middleweight limit. Tom Loeffler, managing director for K2 Promotions, explained the unusual situation to on Tuesday.


“Gennady’s defending all four of his titles,” said Loeffler, whose company promotes Golovkin. “It’s clear that Canelo’s not fighting for the WBC title and it’s clear that Gennady’s defending his WBC title. If, for some reason, Gennady were to lose, then it would be a vacant title because Canelo can’t win the title.

“And Gennady has to defend it as a champion. For him not to defend it, they’d have to fight over the weight [160 pounds] because you can’t fight under the weight and not defend it as a champion. If he fought at 165, then we could ask for an exception and say it’s over the weight.”

Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) won’t fight for the WBC title because he remains angry that the WBC gave him 2½ weeks after his knockout of Amir Khan 16 months ago to complete a deal to fight Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs). Alvarez gave up the WBC’s middleweight title the week before the WBC’s deadline and instead moved down to 154 pounds to fight England’s Liam Smith.

Alvarez knocked out Smith in the ninth round last September 17 to win the WBO super welterweight championship at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Alvarez won the WBC middleweight title by out-boxing Miguel Cotto in their 12-round fight in November 2015 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

If Golovkin wins Saturday night, he’ll be contractually obligated to a rematch with Alvarez. If the 35-year-old champion continues to win, he’ll also have to eventually make multiple mandatory title defenses.

Houston’s Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) is the WBC’s No. 1 challenger for Golovkin’s title. Russia’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs) is the IBF’s No. 1 contender for its middleweight title.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-01-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18104487]He still got his strap & I still don't see it happening....[/QUOTE] LOL they are talking rematch & Canelo has the call on that. And its a lot of f#cking money. Charlo wouldn't fight his himself, if he could, for…

Comment by j.razor on 10-01-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18045576]If GGG wins its happening lol. I doubt GGG will drop a belt.[/QUOTE] He still got his strap & I still don't see it happening....

Comment by MDPopescu on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18045686][B][SIZE="4"]If GGG wins[/SIZE][/B] Charlo is now just one of many mandatories GGG owes because of all the belts. If there is a rematch GGG will fight that first. if no rematch GGG will try to unify with Saunders for the…

Comment by MDPopescu on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18040740][B]If GGG Loses to Canelo, WBC Middleweight Title Will Be Vacant[/B] ...[/QUOTE] In case GGG wins, he will spin off whatever belts the sanctioning bodies would like to strip him off... Because GGG will get the Ring belt and the…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18045686]If GGG wins Charlo is now just one of many mandatories GGG owes because of all the belts. If there is a rematch GGG will fight that first. if no rematch GGG will try to unify with Saunders for the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Amir Khan To Return To Trainer Virgil Hunter For Crawford Fight Andrade 'Don’t Wanna Hear' Saunders’ Excuses For Akavov Fight Vergil Ortiz could fight for 140-pound title in 2019, Says Gomez Espinoza: Mayweather 'Up In the Air' About Pacquiao Rematch Plant-Uzcategui PBC on FS1 Card Peaks at 986,000 Viewers Dmitry Bivol Makes Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Official Photos: Adrien Broner Putting in Work in Las Vegas Dmitry Bivol-Joe Smith To Land on DAZN on March 9, Site TBD Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Face To Face in London Derevyanchenko-Culcay Title Eliminator: DIBella Outbids AGON Joe Smith Jr. Finally Moves On From Artur Beterbiev Plant: It Was Destiny To Win My First Title in the City of Angels Mares: Why Isn't Leo Santa Cruz Fighting Gary Russell Next? Tony Harrison: I'll Beat Jermell Charlo 'Even Easier' in Rematch Terence Crawford-Amir Khan Officially Set for April 20 ESPN PPV Caleb Plant-Jose Uzcategui: Afterthoughts Photos: Ted Cheeseman, Sergio Garcia - Face To Face at Presser Amanda Serrano Won't Stop, May Go For Belt in Eight Division Trainer: Chisora Will Repair, He's Force To Be Reckoned With Hearn: Crawford is Tougher Fight For Khan, I Wanted Khan-Brook Artur Beterbiev Departing DAZN, Heading To ESPN 'Maturity process' done, Team Broner says upset of Pac imminent Amir Khan: I Get Called 'Terrorist' All The Time on Social Media Video: Adrien Broner Media Interview, Breaks Down Pacquiao Video: Pacquiao Discusses Broner Clash, Bob Arum, PBC Move Video: Ellerbe on Mayweather-Pacquiao Meeting, Broner, More Video: Freddie Roach Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Wilder-Fury, More Warren, Oubaali Easily Make WBC 7-Day Weight For Title Fight Amir Khan: Wilder and Fury Would Both Beat Anthony Joshua Tug Nayambayar Wants To Be Second Mongolian Champion Usyk's Team To Meet With Hearn This Week To Map Out 2019 Hearn Rips 'Geezer' Lennox Lewis For 'Talking Sh*t' on Joshua News: Derevyanchenko vs. Culcay, Barou vs. Molina, More Andrade: Boxing World Knows I'm Baddest Man Out There Fury: I'm Still Young at 30, Plenty of Exciting Nights Left in Me Roach: Broner Should Be at 135 or 140 - He Lacks Discipline Rigondeaux's Manager: We’ll Fight Anyone At 122 Or 126 Pounds Charles Frankham Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Josh Warrington vs. Kid Galahad Heads To Purse Bid, January 24 Kell Brook-Jeff Horn: Duco Confirms Offer Made For UK Clash

Latest Active Forum Threads