WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has made it clear that the upcoming clash between Jermall Charlo and Hugo Centeno, this Saturday at Barclays Center in New York, will earn a mandatory crack at the WBC middleweight crown, which is currently held by Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).
Charlo vs. Centeno will have the WBC interim middleweight title at stake, with Showtime televising the card.
This fight had to be postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Centeno, but now both are very healthy and ready to fight.
Golovkin is still slated to make a voluntary defense on May 5th, likely against Vanes Martirosyan.
And then he wants to have a rematch with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September.
Sulaiman says the rematch is the one that everyone wants to see, but what happens next will be determined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who will rule on Wednesday on the two failed doping tests which detected traces of clenbuterol in Canelo`s system back in February.
Canelo is facing a one year suspension, but it could be reduced to a six month term - which would allow him to go forward with Golovkin rematch in the fall.
At the World Boxing Council`s weekly press conference, Sulaiman said: "Hopefully they will review all the information and all of the facts and rule from everything that is available.
"Obviously the fight between Triple G and Canelo, is the one that the world wants - ever since the bell sounded finishing their first fight. The WBC has ordered an interim championship, in order to address Jermall Charlo`s position as mandatory. He and Hugo Centeno have accepted the WBC ruling. If the Golvokin vs. Alvarez fight is saved for September, they will accept [that the winner has to face the mandatory] and abide by that. And the mandatory will come into place after that."