Canelo Alvarez Vacates WBC Belt

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Las Vegas, NV — In an unexpected turn of events Canelo Saul Alvarez vacated his WBC title belt. In what was building to be the most anticipated fight of the 2016 fight season for the WBC Middle Weight Belt, Alvarez’s representatives provided an official statement.

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. 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.


Following Alvarez’s electrifying performance on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena, there was an overwhelming call for Alvarez to face Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. During the post-fight interview, a vanquished Amir Khan stated, “I think it’s time now that Canelo needs to step in the ring with GGG, everyone has been waiting for that fight…”

Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), is the current WBA, and IBF middleweight champion and would have been the mandatory challenger to Alvarez had not he vacated his WBC belt. While the WBA deadline has been removed from the equation, reports that negotiation will continue and a potential Alvarez vs. Golovkin fight will happen soon are still a pending matter.

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