By Miguel Rivera
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman expects to eventually bury the hatchet with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs).
Canelo will challenge WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on September 16th in an HBO Pay-Per-View main event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Mexican two division world champion has made it very clear that he's not even considering the possibility of fighting for the WBC title next month.
The conflict began over a year ago, when Canelo said the WBC was pressuring him to make a mandatory defense of the WBC middleweight belt against Golovkin.
Canelo was dealing with a legal issue in Florida, and said the WBC gave him no time to reach a deal by scheduling a purse bid and refusing to postpone the date.
A few days before the purse bid was going to happen, Canelo vacated the title and the sanctioning body elevated Golovkin to the status of full-champion. Making Golovkin the champion, without fighting for the belt, only infuriated Canelo further.
Back in May, Canelo rejected the WBC's request to offer up a commemorative title for the showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Canelo claims that despite his rejection, the WBC still created the title and used his fight for publicity purposes.
"There has been no contact [from Canelo]. He must be involved in something that is important and that is training for this fight, the same fight that created this conflict between us. The Council has nothing against Canelo but pure attentions, goodwill and friendship. I am sure that this misunderstanding will be clarified in due course. Our current middleweight champion is Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and he will proudly defend the WBC green and gold belt on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena against Saul Alvarez," concluded Sulaiman.