By Jose Luis Camarillo, notifight.com
The World Boxing Council (WBC) is willing to support "everything necessary" to ensure that a mandatory fight takes place between their new middleweight world champion, Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and his mandatory challenger, unbeaten Kazakh Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, who also holds the WBA/IBO/IBF titles.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman likes the idea of having a doubleheader on Cinco De Mayo weekend, where both boxers appears on the same card to make title defenses, and then use that event to build toward a September showdown on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
He feels the fight can become much bigger with both boxers making defenses prior to a showdown in 2016.
"There is no disadvantage [in doing a doubleheader]. The subject [of making the fight] is in the hands of the promoters, Golden Boy Promotions and K2. They already know what the whole situation, especially if they reach an agreement where everyone makes a defense [prior to their mandatory fight] and use that as a leading into making this a much bigger event, with greater benefits for them - as was the case for Canelo against (Miguel) Cotto, where they did quite a job to maximize the event," Sulaiman said.
Sulaiman also says he is not worried about a potential lawsuit from Roc Nation Sports, who promote Miguel Cotto. There is a monetary dispute over last weekend's show, because of a financial split between RNS and Golden Boy - which Golden Boy wanted to change after the WBC recognized Cotto as their middleweight champion for failure to pay a sanctioning fee for the fight.
"Roc Nation has threatened to sue the WBC for everything that happened in the week of the function in Las Vegas, but we do not care. Instead of doing something negative, we did many things to support the function and the result was obvious, it was a great success," Sulaiman said.