WBC Prez: If No Canelo - Then Golovkin Has To Face Charlo

By Miguel Rivera

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has cautioned his middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), that if he doesn't fight Canelo Alvarez in a rematch in September - then he will have to make mandatory defense against WBC interim-champion Jermall Charlo.

Golovkin and Canelo had been negotiating the terms of a rematch for the last few weeks - with the target date of September 15th in Las Vegas.

In the last few days, their negotiations have fallen apart over a tense dispute with respect to the financial split. Canelo is holding strong to a 65-35 split, while Golovkin wants an even 50-50 split. 


If the rematch doesn't happen, Golovkin - who holds the IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO world titles - will have to make a mandatory defense against Sergiy Derevyanechenko.

But the WBC believes Charlo is the mandatory fight that needs to happen. Charlo became the mandatory challenger in July 2017, when he won a final eliminator over Sebastian Heiland.

"Golovkin has all our support, but if the fight is not done, he will have to go with Charlo, because the entire history is clear as it is, so we are recommending to him to do what is best for him, because he wants to do the rematch [with Canelo], he wants to earn the money that he will generate there, and he wants that visibility that he has always wanted around the world," Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes.

"He has sacrificed so much for so many years to get to this point and now for something that is not so important [like the financial split] is putting him at risk. It would be strange to me if that fight [with Canelo] is not done."

Because of the financial issues, Canelo's handlers are already starting negotiations with other top middleweights, like WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders of the UK.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-12-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18854031]I'm not sating you are wrong in this. I just think Canelo cheating hasn't really hurt him at all. Maggot coka never wanted Canelo to fight GGG in May so he cheated rather than fight. This whole thing…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 06-12-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18841036]what bunk dunnie 1) Golovkin could have accepted Saunders offer to fight in June, if he had accepted that offer, Golovkin would currently be on the verge of unifying the division..... unification > mando, so Golovkin would still have the…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 06-11-2018

[QUOTE=Muz;18839577]Stripping GGG is the only way the USA boxing establishment can win a title in a big division. GGG still undefeated lineal champ despite the corruption.[/QUOTE] no he's not! lol FACT GGG has never been lineal champ

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18839616]This might play out in a way that GGG is forced to drop the belt. My guess is no deal will be made and then it will go to a purse bid. GGG will get the bigger cut…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 06-07-2018

[QUOTE=Muz;18839574]If you had any civility you would be able to communicate like a human being not some animal. You truly represent the ignorance in today's society, being uneducated, angry, frustrated and useless in civilized society. And when you need a…

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