Editor's letter | Highlight 5 | Issue | Premium | Jul 02 2019

The latest gift to Canelo Alvarez

With the WBC granting Canelo Alvarez a strange new title, this time they've gone too far
Canelo Alvarez
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THE World Boxing Council’s decision to create a Franchise title and award it to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a replacement for his world middleweight belt is beyond ludicrous.

The situation, purely of the sanctioning body’s making, appears to have been triggered by the latest round of negotiations for the Mexican superstar’s next fight, scheduled to take place on September 14 in Las Vegas. The sport’s most marketable man is believed to have targeted Gennady Golovkin, the WBC’s No.1 middleweight contender, before turning his attention to WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev after “GGG” raised some objections to fighting Canelo in Sin City for a third time. Two highly controversial decisions inside the T-Mobile Arena (a draw in 2017 and a loss in 2018) certainly validate Golovkin’s concerns.

Not under consideration from Team Canelo was Jermall Charlo, the owner of the WBC’s bogus ‘Interim’ belt and their mandatory contender at middleweight. Alvarez’s failure to take on the leading contenders at 160lbs should just have resulted in the 28-year-old being stripped. There is no need to muster up some expensive tat to soften the blow. After all, Canelo heading up to 175lbs is a move that will only enhance his legacy should he prove successful.