News | Jul 29 2017

Canelo Alvarez rejects WBC title

Canelo Alvarez declines to challenge for the world title he used to hold when he fights Gennady Golovkin, writes John Dennen
Canelo Alvarez
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CANELO ALVAREZ has declined to challenge for the world title he used to hold. If he defeats Gennady Golovkin on September 16, when the two fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he will leave the WBC middleweight title, now held by Golovkin, vacant but claim the Kazakh’s IBF and WBA crowns.

“I am very proud to be fighting for these important titles in this fight,” Canelo said. “This will be the best boxing event of the year, and I know all of the fans from Mexico and beyond will come out and enjoy the fight as I defend my Lineal and ‘Ring Magazine’ titles, and take home the WBA and IBF championships.”

Canelo Alvarez was seen as the ‘lineal’ champion in 2015 after he beat Miguel Cotto for the WBC middleweight title. Cotto was the man who had toppled Sergio Martinez who was the number one in the division.