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WBC extends Canelo-Golovkin negotiations until December 11th

Canelo Alvarez Gennady GolovkinBy Dan Ambrose: The World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman says they’ll be extending the negotiations between WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and mandatory WBC challenger Gennady Golovkin until December 11th.

Suliaman is using the Thanksgiving day holiday as an excuse for why the Canelo-Golovkin negotiations couldn’t be moved in a timely fashion. It’s a pretty flimsy excuse though because they should have known about the holiday already.

The talk is that Suliaman is going to let Canelo take a fight before the Golovkin fight in early 2016 before he potentially faces him in September next year. It’s hard to understand why the fight is going to be put off until September 2016, because nothing will change by then. It’s not as if Canelo is going to pick up boatloads of experience from his May fight in 2016 to have the talent to beat Golovkin.

Also, it’s also as if Golovkin is going to age enough to become beatable for Canelo. If this is something that Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya wants to do because he thinks that the fight will be bigger the longer he puts it off, then I don’t think that’s going to make any difference either. One fight isn’t going to do it, especially if Golovkin gets stuck fighting his IBF mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson in early 2016, which it would appear that’s going to be the case.

“Due to the holiday week of Thanksgiving celebrated in the USA, and considering the goodwill of both parties to finalize an agreement, the WBC has extended until Friday, December 11, the time to have a final resolution of this matter in accordance to the WBC rules and regulations,” Suliaman said via

Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler has already said that if they don’t get Canelo for early 2016, then they’ll be looking to fight in February or March against likely Tureano Johnson. The IBF has already made Johnson Golovkin’s IBF mandatory following Johnson’s 12 round unanimous decision over Eamonn O’Kane last October. As for Canelo, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Golden Boy matches him up against #7 WBC David Lemieux in an in house fight.

That’s a fight that makes the most sense if they’re interested in having him fight someone before the Golovkin fight. I don’t see De La Hoya putting Canelo in with someone that could potentially beat him like the Charlo brothers, Demetrius Andrade, Erislandy Lara or Arif Magomedov. Even a guy like Lemieux would be a potentially tough fight for Canelo because he can punch and it would be a fight where Canelo could get hurt if Lemieux aims for his vulnerable midsection.

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