WBC Prez: Canelo-GGG II Must Happen, The Best Fight in Boxing

By Miguel Rivera

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is crossing his fingers that a deal is reached for the rematch between Gennady Golovkin, the world middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC), the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organization (IBO) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF), and Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

According to Sulaiman, it's the best fight that can happen in boxing.

Canelo was scheduled to face Golovkin last Saturday night in Las Vegas, but the contest was pushed back. Canelo was suspended for six months, for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol back in February.

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The suspension, originally targeted for one year, was reduced in half due to Canelo's cooperation , and the punishment is retroactive to February 17, the day on which he underwent the voluntary anti-doping test that yielded his positive, result.

Based on the punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Canelo will now be free to fight on September 15 - as part of Mexican Independence Day weekend.

Golovkin fought late replacement Vanes Martirosyan last weekend, and knocked him out in two rounds at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

Now the focus shifts on the Canelo vs. Golovkin rematch.

"The public wants it, the fight is hot right now and because of timeframe of the suspension of the Nevada Athletic Commission, the opportunity to make [the fight] is there and hopefully it cane be made concrete because it is simply the best fight that can be made right now," said Sulaiman at a press conference with the media in Mexico.

Sulaiman has pledged to do everything possible to ensure the rematch goes forward - including his recent move to provide a clear path for Golovkin, by ordering WBC mandatory challenger Jermall Charlo to face Hugo Centeno for the interim-title.

"Everything is ready for the fight to take place in September, and everyone points to it," Sulaiman said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Travycat on 05-09-2018

I agree on many of these. Like I was just telling another guy on here... From past interviews, it looks like his team feels Golden Boy tried to age him out and that he still ended up clearly (in theirs…

Comment by abracada on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18751534]WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is crossing his fingers that a deal is reached for the rematch between Gennady Golovkin, the world middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC), the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organization (IBO) and the…

Comment by Verus on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=Boxinghero1;18751721]I hope Canelo decides not to give GGG another payday. I rather see Canelo fight Charlo, David Lemuix or Daniel Jacobs.[/QUOTE] Makes sense to me. I would add Saunders to your list.

Comment by Metho_4u on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=Rockybigblower;18751936]You are right...everyone has moved on to Wilder - Joshua.[/QUOTE] I mean, I could literally think of at least of at least 3 fights off the top of my head I'd rather see. Lomachenco linares right off is a more…

Comment by glasgo on 05-09-2018

He has been sucking canelos d**k so hard recently. Desperately trying to get back in the good books. This sport is a joke with these characters. Embarrassing

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