Lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has his sights firmly set on Kazakh KO king Gennady Golovkin in a proposed superfight for 2016.
The new WBC World & Lineal Middleweight champion Canelo was quickly questioned on his next move just minutes after picking up two new belts for his ever expanding collection.
It came as no surprise the first name thrown was that of Gennady Golovkin, who holds the WBA Super and IBF World Titles at the weight. After the WBC recently mandated the winner of Saturday’s superfight to lock horns with GGG, it remains to be seen how quickly this will be enforced following Miguel Cotto’s reluctance to pay the sanctioning fee which resulted in the title being stripped from the Puerto Rican.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman stated at the pre-fight press conference there will be an imminent process to review the confusing situation which would have seen Golovkin installed from interim to full Champion had Cotto got the victory.
Canelo, who remained respectful before the fight, refusing to be drawn into future speculation, was more forthcoming in the post-fight ring interview and press conference publically stating he’s game to face the feared Kazakh KO king.
When the question was asked, Alvarez broke into rare English to declare “I’m ready,” whilst flexing his muscles high above his beaming smile.
Triple G watched on from ringside, while speculation on the famous Vegas strip was that Golovkin is eyeing his mandatory IBF challenger Tureano Johnson in early February before a potential big bout in May, which would coincidently fall in line with Canelo’s next outing.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya confirmed to the press the flame haired Guadalajara hero would return in both May and September, reclaiming the highly sought after Mexican Bank Holiday dates in 2016.
It’s a testament to De La Hoya’s vision to produce more of these superfights, Team Canelo appear to be on the same page after a rest following a gruelling 14-week training camp.
“Get ready for this new era of boxing. We want to give the fans these exciting fights,” said the chief of Golden Boy Promotions.
Can the fight be made? Both have the backing of HBO which would surely drive big numbers on pay per view, racking up a huge pot of money for the two fighters’ purses.
The ‘Golden Boy’ confirmed Canelo would be open to fighting anyone, anywhere, but the proposed mouthwatering bout with Golovkin certainly has a Las Vegas feel to it.
It’s likely the WBC will enforce negotiations shortly, and Golovkin arguably has the better hand. Failure to agree terms in the desired time frame would result in Canelo losing his newly won title out of the ring, much like his predecessor.