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Golovkin’s trainer hopes Cotto-Canelo winner honors WBC ruling

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin Miguel CottoBy Jim Dower: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez is hoping that the winner of the proposed fight between WBC 160lb champion Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will follow the ruling by the WBC that the winner of the fight must fight Golovkin, who is the WBC interim middleweight champion.

If they decide not to face Golovkin, then the World Boxing Council will likely strip the Cotto-Canelo winner of their WBC title, and this would mean that Golovkin would fight for the vacant WBC title against likely David Lemieux. It would still be a good fight, but not nearly as interesting as Golovkin fighting Canelo or Cotto.

None of this will happen if Canelo and Cotto don’t agree to face each other. Right now the two of them are at a stall in the negotiations, and it’s still unknown if they’ll be able to work out their differences.

Golovkin has to do his part as well in looking to win his next title defense on February 21st against Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco. This can potentially be a tough fight for Golovkin because Murray is known for his ability to block shots and take punches. He doesn’t have much power, but he’s good at winning rounds by blocking a lot of punches and landing a few to do just enough to win the rounds.

“Obviously we’re completely focused on Martin Murray at this time, but I hope the winner of Canelo/Cotto honors the ruling of the WBC, which recently announced that the eventual winner has to defend the WBC Middleweight title against the interim champion, which is currently Gennady Golovkin,” Sanchez said via

It’s unknown right now if Canelo or Cotto will be up for facing Golovkin in 2015. You’ve got to see it from their perspective. The winner of their fight is going to probably come out of it pretty beaten up and worn out from the experience. Even with five to six months off, neither guy is going to be in great shape to get inside the ring with someone with the kind of power that Golovkin possesses.

Thereby you could see why they would want to vacate the WBC middleweight title and look for easier fights that make more money. Both Canelo and Cotto are really junior middleweights and not middleweights. Granted, they’re both large junior middleweights, but they can still melt down to make the weight. Canelo would be a small middleweight if he were to fight in the division, and probably wouldn’t do well against Golovkin.

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