May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016
Oscar De La Hoya

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WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has confirmed the sanctioning body will not ‘intefere’ in the ongoing negotations for Canelo Alvarez to fight Gennady Golovkin.

Canelo recently poleaxed Amir Khan to defence his WBC world middleweight title, and that body has subsequently given Canelo’s team 15 days to negotiate a deal with mandatory challenger Golovkin.

If a deal isn’t reached, purse bids will be called on May 24.

Golovkin holds the WBA and IBF titles, and the WBA confirmed that Gennady’s next mandated challenger will be Danny Jacobs, who holds their secondary title. However they will only call for that fight if Canelo-Golovkin does not happen next.

“The WBA will not interfere in the Golovkin-Canelo negotiations. That is the fight the fans want,” Mendoza said.

“However, should they not reach an agreement, the WBA mandatory fight for Golovkin will be against Daniel Jacobs.”

When sanctioning bodies are stepping aside so a fight can happen, you know it’s big. Canelo-Golovkin is easily the most attractive fight that can be made in the sport today.

Golovkin has been Canelo’s WBC for a while now, but both men were allowed a recent interim bout as long as they fought each other next. Canelo beat Khan, while Golovkin hammered IBF mandatory Dominic Wade on April 23.

A large hurdle in negotations seems to have been the weight a potential Canelo-Golovkin fight would take place at. While Golovkin, a fully-fledged middleweight, insists it must be at the division limit of 160lbs. Canelo and his side have wanted it neared the 155lb catchweight he has grown accustomed to.

However after his chilling knockout of Khan, Alvarez said he has no problem with facing ‘GGG’ at 160.