News | Nov 19 2015

Gennady Golovkin will be WBC middleweight champion if Miguel Cotto beats Canelo Alvarez

WBC President Maurico Sulaiman talks exclusively to Boxing News about decision to strip Miguel Cotto for unpaid sanctioning fees
Cotto-Canelo hold WBC belt
Miguel Cotto shows off WBC belt  |  Action Images

BOXING NEWS: Some people may not be aware of the deep personal friendship that you and Miguel Cotto share. Tell us about that first of all.

Mauricio Sulaiman: Miguel Cotto has been a dear friend of the Sulaiman family and the WBC for many, many years. We are personal friends, we are like family. Before his training camp for this fight he went to Mexico for four days with his wife, and we spent time together with my wife and our friends. He went down to Mexico for the funeral of my father [Jose Sulaiman] and he has a very special place in our hearts.

How do you now feel that it has come to this?
It’s very upsetting, disappointing and it’s unfair. It’s uncalled for because everything should be concentrated on the fight and whatever happens in the ring. We are very proud to have worked for more than two years to make sure Cotto-Canelo was made, and I’m very proud of that. The WBC was instrumental in this process. It is very upsetting that this has happened, and there was no need for this to happen.


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