*Note: WBC title on the line for Canelo Alvarez only, after Cotto allegedly failed to pay a WBC sanctioning fee.
Canelo Alvarez has said he will not face middleweight king Gennady Golovkin at the division’s 160lbs weight limit, insisting that the Kazakh star would have to drop down a 155lbs catchweight before they could fight.
Despite typically rehydrating up to 175lbs – more than rival Golovkin, who typically weighs around 170lbs in the ring– the Mexican star was clear that he’d only face Golovkin down at the 155lbs, which is also the catchweight for his WBC World Middleweight title challenge against Miguel Cotto in November.
"If he wants to fight with me, let him come down to 155 and I'll fight him whatever day he wants,” Canelo said, speaking to Fightyhype.com.
“At this moment, my body isn't ready for 160 pounds. Maybe 1 or 2 more years I'll be ready for 160, I don't know, but I'd be delighted to fight someone like Gennady. He's a great fighter and I think it would be a great fight. I'd be delighted to get him in a fight.”
Canelo is currently preparing for one of the biggest tests of his career, when he re-ignites the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry and collides with Miguel Cotto. The 45-1-1 box office star has recently campaigned at catchweights, weighing in at 155lbs for wins over Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara, and 154½ lbs for his last outing against James Kirkland.
Reigning middleweight king Golovkin, however, has stated he’ll only face Canelo at 160lbs, so it will be interesting to see how this storyline plays out, providing Canelo overcomes the considerable challenge before him in Miguel Cotto LIVE on BoxNation.