May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016
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CANELO ALVAREZ has vacated the WBC middleweight title. He has not withdrawn from negotiations to make the fight with Gennady Golovkin but this is yet another delay.

“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible.  I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title,” Alvarez said.

“For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines.

“I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”

Golovkin has always insisted that his goal was all the belts at middleweight. It seems that Canelo have given up one of their bargaining chips, even though Alvarez is a major attraction in the sport. Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya explained, “There is no denying that Canelo is the biggest star in the sport of boxing. He is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline.

“Now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.”