Canelo Drops WBC Middleweight Title, Golovkin Adds Belt Without a Punch

Canelo Drops WBC Middleweight Title – Golden Boy Promotions and WBC World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez issued a statement today stating that “Canelo” will be vacating the WBC belt he has held since defeating Miguel Cotto in November of last year.

PIC: Happier days. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman gives Alvarez the WBC’s belt in a ceremony held this past January.

The press release went to great pains to state Golden Boy and Alvarez’ company line that he is the number one draw in boxing and he will not have terms dictated to him. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman had issued a ruling that required Alvarez to strike a deal with Gennady Golovkin, the WBC’s mandatory challenger, by May 24th. After that date, the WBC would have initiated their bidding process.

With this latest announcement, GBP and Alvarez avoid the WBC’s required date. The press release claims that Alvarez and his promoters will continue to work on making a fight with “Triple G” but that they will not be dictated to by “artificial” deadlines.

Golovkin and his camp have been clear since before Alvarez stuck a foot in the middleweight division that his goal is to unite all the belts at 160 lbs. By giving up the belt, Alvarez makes himself less appealing to the “Triple G” camp, though it should be clear that Alvarez believes he is still operating from a position of strength because Golovkin won’t make near the money with anyone else standing across the ring from him.

By imposing a deadline for the negotiations, the WBC and Sulaiman were actually attempting to deliver the fight that everyone wants to see in 2016. Alvarez apparently chafed at the time period imposed. Alvarez’s actions serve as yet another example of how little value any of the alphabet soup world titles are really worth, as Alvarez and his handlers are apparently not worried about this becoming a public relations black eye. The WBC is one of the older and more respected of the governing bodies, but it is clear even they are powerless when it comes right down to it.

The WBC followed up Alvarez´s statement just a few hours later, announcing that with Alvarez´s resignation, they are granting the belt to Gennady Golovkin and recognizing him as the WBC’s full middleweight champion. Check out the WBC´s official announcement on their website.

So May 18th, 2016 will go down as the day in boxing history where Saul “Canelo” Alvarez gave up the WBC middleweight belt and Gennady Golovkin was named champion without throwing a punch.

 

 

 

 

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-deepwater2 :

Sad day for Mexican boxing. Negotiating a deal is one thing but dumping the belt never works out.


-Tex Hassler :

I do not think Canelo will fight GGG. He is not and may never be ready to step up to GGG. That is my opinion and I like Canelo.


-stormcentre :

Agree D2. (Aside from feeling financially safe with his cash cow now that a major threat has been circumvented) I wonder how Oscar feels now, after all he said post Khan V Canelo about (getting on the phone the next day and all that shite, and . . ) making the Triple V Canelo bout. Remember last year? Oscar; ""we will continue to make the best fights out there that can be made"". Interesting times. Even without the WBC's justified "iron-fist-velvet-glove" intervention on matters; I can't remember the last time any championship fighter and their promoter has - in such a protracted, public, obvious, embarrassing, and longstanding manner (as has happened with Canelo) - sought to avoid another fighter (3G) in his division. And, that's even if it wasn't just a week after that same fighter *claimed he was not afraid (of the fighter he is afraid of). If nothing else, it's certainly good for Triple's reputation. Actually, it's as good for Triple's reputation - as it is bad for Saul's. As it's obvious Canelo won't fight him without a weight dis/advantage. And all that speaks volumes about *Canelo's post Khan V Canelo victory speech, and his supposed interest in getting the fight on. Funny thing about it all is . . . . For once the WBC genuinely try to do the right thing (regardless of what it may mean for Mexican sentiment) and as a result one (or a few) of their own citizens involved in boxing turn around and publicly soil the whole idea. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Marquez, Barrera, Sanchez, Olivares, Lopez, Morales, Zarate, (Jessie/Fernando) Vargas, (Oscar? :) ); must all be smirking at Canelo now, and how he's not only let down that great Mexican tradition of facing all on-comers and not running - but also shown disrespect for both the Mexican WBC and also what it means to be a Middleweight. There will be some happy and gloating chaps at the Summit gym. Not in the least as they have pretty much stood their ground on the matter as much as doing so has exposed truckload of false claims on GBP and Canelo's behalves. :) :)


-Domenic :

What's the age-old saying, actions speak louder than words? Here's a classic, text book example. I'm a fan of Alvarez, like everything about him, but this is a not so subliminal way of saying, I want NOTHING to do with that guy. And I don't blame him. When one dumps a belt to deliberately avoid a guy, the lineal title goes with it. Kudos to Golovkin for further tightening his grip on the division.


-Radam G :

Great strategy for Canelo. Not the right amount of money, 3g will get no honey. Holla!


-SuperLight :

When it comes to fighting, I ask myself not WWJD, but WWMMHD? Not this. Artificial deadlines, my arse.


-Radam G :

When it comes to fighting, I ask myself not WWJD, but WWMMHD? Not this. Artificial deadlines, my arse.
It is called prizefighting, my friend -- not "artificial deadlines" syet to force somebody into a scrap for pennies. Anyway, pugs not taking that syet from alphabet soup sanctioning organizations is as old as boxing. I'm riding with history. Ninety-five percent of the time when the ASOs gave their belts to certain pugs, they were beat in their first defense or eventually the one who gave up the soup title beat them later own. I could name tons of occasions, but I will let TSS scribes or some other readers do that. Canelo will indeed beat 3g down the road for a ton of bucks. If Canelo fought 3g now, he would just get paid chicken change. Holla!


-amayseng :

Shame. At some point you reach into your soul and realize no matter the money offered you are a fighter, one that boasts with honor and u dont avoid a conflict using money as an excuse, the warrior spirit prevails and u head into battle as a leader. Or u look within like Canelo has done and tell yourself u want 8 million not 5 million; like there is a difference at this point after being a multimillionaire for half a decade or more, and jump ship pretending like u didnt just bitch out like the pussy u are. No excuse.


-amayseng :

It is called prizefighting, my friend -- not "artificial deadlines" syet to force somebody into a scrap for pennies. Anyway, pugs not taking that syet from alphabet soup sanctioning organizations is as old as boxing. I'm riding with history. Ninety-five percent of the time when the ASOs gave their belts to certain pugs, they were beat in their first defense or eventually the one who gave up the soup title beat them later own. I could name tons of occasions, but I will let TSS scribes or some other readers do that. Canelo will indeed beat 3g down the road for a ton of bucks. If Canelo fought 3g now, he would just get paid chicken change. Holla!
Don't care. There is enough money to go around. Canelo is finding a way out. This will bite him in the *** down the road.


-Yogo :

I told y'all, it'll have been Big Money Oscar's chemically enhanced bravado that got Triple in the ring post Amir. I'd love to know B Hops private thoughts on all this, he said Khans got heart but no chin, it's the opposite for their prize possession. Canelo's **** scared pure and simple. Another low blow for boxing.


-SouthPawFlo :

Canelo is a bigger star with or without a belt, he's been on PPV 5 times and he's doing big Numbers at the Ticket Gate as Well.... Even with another Belt, Golovkin is still not a PPV fighter without Canelo as a dance Partner...... Canelo doesn't Need Golovkin, but Golovkin needs Canelo for a Big Payday


-Kid Blast :

Great strategy for Canelo. Not the right amount of money, 3g will get no honey. Holla!
Agreed. Good chess move. Keep making BIG paydays with better risk-reward equations. That's Econ 101. Let GGG scramble for his money against Jacobs, Eubanks and./ or Billy Joe. And maybe even Lara + zzzzzzzzzzzzz


-Kid Blast :

This is more business than sport. IMO Canelo is making (or will make) BIG paydays with better risk-reward equations. That’s Econ 101. That’s Bus. Adm, 101. That’s math 101. This is not about mucho macho. Thira is about mucho dinero and right now, Canelo’s prospects are better than GGG’s notwithstanding GGG’s perceived superior skills even though he has fought a somewhat lesser caliber of opposition. Let GGG scramble for his money against Jacobs, Eubanks and./or Billy Joe. And maybe even Lara = ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz


-amayseng :

This is more business than sport. IMO Canelo is making (or will make) BIG paydays with better risk-reward equations. That’s Econ 101. That’s Bus. Adm, 101. That’s math 101. This is not about mucho macho. Thira is about mucho dinero and right now, Canelo’s prospects are better than GGG’s notwithstanding GGG’s perceived superior skills even though he has fought a somewhat lesser caliber of opposition. Let GGG scramble for his money against Jacobs, Eubanks and./or Billy Joe. And maybe even Lara = ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz
Well of course it is economics with LOWEST risk. You think Canelo made more for Kirkland than he would GGG? nah, GGG is more money, just not enough for taking an embarrassing LOSS, a loss that will leave him reeling afterwards. To Canelo there is not enough money for taking a possible career ending loss. he does NOT want the fight. But we are fans , im not on the Canelo payroll so as a boxing fan I want to see the best fights.


-KO Digest :

Canelowait Stallvarez — The Ring Magazine catchweight champion of Oscar's Golden Boy Promotions has vacated his WBC middleweight championship and claims that he "will fight" Gennady Golovkin. Do I believe him? No. Of course not. This is just a small part of the larger strategy of avoiding a fight against the best P4P fighter on the planet, GGG, without A-side demands and BS catchweight compromises. Triple G is without peer at 160 pounds, the now UNDISPUTED middleweight champion of the world with all three major titles: WBC, WBA, & IBF. Mission accomplished. Sights now set on conquering 168. Fan interest in Golovkin-Canelo will diminish. A relieved Oscar and Saul just need to keep up the stall while they set up Canelo versus David Lemieux at 155 on PPV for the RING belt...


-Radam G :

Don't care. There is enough money to go around. Canelo is finding a way out. This will bite him in the *** down the road.
Canelo is doing what Money May and Da Manny did. Instead of scrapping for 40 or 50mil, Canelo and 3g will do it for 100 or 200mil down the line. This thing is prizefighting, not for pride or fan ahead of da moolah. Canelo will fight an older 3g down the road for mad bucks. No way that he fights a dangerous "BIG DRAMA" dude for chicken scratch. Again, I REPEAT! This legal mayhem thing is called prizefighting. Not pride or fan fighting. I ain't hatin!' Holla!


-amayseng :

Canelo is doing what Money May and Da Manny did. Instead of scrapping for 40 or 50mil, Canelo and 3g will do it for 100 or 200mil down the line. This thing is prizefighting, not for pride or fan ahead of da moolah. Canelo will fight an older 3g down the road for mad bucks. No way that he fights a dangerous "BIG DRAMA" dude for chicken scratch. Again, I REPEAT! This legal mayhem thing is called prizefighting. Not pride or fan fighting. I ain't hatin!' Holler!
Understood, but as a fan you have two prime guys and it is looking to end up like May Pac 5 years too late, look how terrible that fight was! Imagine Floyd vs Pac 5 years ago. btw, 2 years from now GGG will have most likely moved up and to other things. Fight wont happen


-KO Digest :

If NO Triple G, then WHO for Canelo? 1. David Lemieux (GGG TKO victim) 2. Tim Bradley (at some catchweight) 3. Jessie Vargas (The top Top Rank) 4. Patrick Teixeira (KO'd by C. Stevens) 5. Gabriel Rosado (Bloody GGG TKO) Rematches: Lara and Trout. Very Long Shots: Manny or Floyd. Looks like Canelo NEEDS Golovkin. Triple G has BIG FIGHTS at 168. Gilberto Ramirez (WBO) Badou Jack (WBC) James DeGale (IBF) Then Ward and Krusher K at 175.


-Radam G :

Understood, but as a fan you have two prime guys and it is looking to end up like May Pac 5 years too late, look how terrible that fight was! Imagine Floyd vs Pac 5 years ago. btw, 2 years from now GGG will have most likely moved up and to other things. Fight wont happen
Canelo will move up before 3g. Dude is stuck at middleweight like Marvelous Marvin Hagler and the late, great Carlos Monzon were. Three g does not want that work at a higher division. Four or five pugs tried to get him up to a catchweight of 164, but 3g held his ground. He is trainer Abel Sanchez forever middleweight, as Terry Norris was forever his light middleweight. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

GGG is not a big nAme to the general Public... The Amir Khan fight made more money than a GGG would make... GGG has never been a PPV success even as an Co-Main event, and he's a boxing Nomad as HBO tries to find what Region of the Country has the Best Turnouts for his fights.. This is a Smart Move for Golden Boy and Canelo... GGG doesn't bring much to the table right now and being "mandated" to fight him now wasn't the most profitable decision.. The more I think about it GGG has had like 34-35 fights right, I can't name who he beat to win the 160 titles he has, or who you could call his "Biggest Win"


-Radam G :

GGG is not a big nAme to the general Public... The Amir Khan fight made more money than a GGG would make... GGG has never been a PPV success even as an Co-Main event, and he's a boxing Nomad as HBO tries to find what Region of the Country has the Best Turnouts for his fights.. This is a Smart Move for Golden Boy and Canelo... GGG doesn't bring much to the table right now and being "mandated" to fight him now wasn't the most profitable decision.. The more I think about it GGG has had like 34-35 fights right, I can't name who he beat to win the 160 titles he has, or who you could call his "Biggest Win"
I've posted that a few times. Three g has a caught a weak division. Probably the weakest middleweight division of all times. We will never know how good he could have been because of this. Having no peers is not a good thing for greatness and/or pocket. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

I've posted that a few times. Three g has a caught a weak division. Probably the weakest middleweight division of all times. We will never know how good his could have been because of this. Having no peers is not a good thing for greatness and/or pocket. Holla!
Time to target the other belt holders. Jacobs and Saunders up next. Maybe travel to England to stop Eubank Jr to drum up interest in the Saunders fight. GGG has to start stalking these guys. Triple and 168lb Ramirez are ripping Canelo online.


-oubobcat :

I never believed that Canelo was going to fight GGG this year. Personally, I really do believe that Canelo wants the fight but Oscar needs to milk as much from his cash cow as possible before taking another major risk. Golden Boy has a decent roster but its only star is Canelo and its too big a risk in Oscar's eyes at the moment. My guess is Canelo and GGG cut a deal similar to Ward and Kovalev. They each arrange for two interim fights before agreeing to meet maybe next summer in Dallas. This is at Oscar's request and HBO agrees to go along with to get the fight. In my crystal ball, I see GGG fighting either Saunders or Eubank next in the UK where GGG sees an opportunity to increase his marketability. And I see Canelo against either a drawn down Stevens or Lemiuex at a new Caneloweight of 157 or 158 to make the fight. Then one more for each in January/Febraury of 2017 before we get the summer showdown in front of 80,000 plus in Dallas.


-brownsugar :

That would be great if there was a deal in place for Canelo and Golovkin to fight at a later date.... ...but I think if that were true something would have been leaked by now. The internet is currently aflame with the disparaging comments and doctored images of Canelo showing an embarrassing side. Canelo is being depicted as a cowardly fighter running desperately for asylum from the most dangerous middleweight to grace the ring since Marvin Hagler. Even a large contingency of Hispanic fans have voiced their sense of disgust after Canelo cast his belt aside. But the flack is coming from every demographic,.... I never knew Canelo was this popular. Ramirez. The rising supermiddleweight has even posted a picture of Canelo being held like Whitney Houston in the arms of Kevin Costner in a likeness photoshopped from the famed movie THE BODYGUARD,. except it's Ramirez holding a frightened Canelo in his protective arms. Ramirez who is also seeking a fight with GGG named the photo "Ramirez the BodyGuard" ������. And all this after Canelo told Sanchez to " Come touch my balls, so you can see for yourself how big they are ". But apparently Canelo's marble sized gonads have receded back into their abdominal cavity. And he has chosen to flee rather than fight. Canelo is the equivalent of a multi million dollar franchise,. ... if he tells Oscar and BHop to hop into a pair of black fishnets and make the fight, ... neither of them will refuse as this fight has the potential to equal the profits of Mayweather vs Del La Hoya at least. Why is Mayweather sticking his nose into their business by Advising Canelo to ignore Golovkin? Because he doesn't want his record broken and he doesn't want Golovkin to be recognized for his great potential as a fighter and overshadow the Mayweather name before he's ready to surrender the spotlight to someone else. Jealousy is a hard mistress. And image is everything in today's multi million dollar boxing business...


-DaveB :

Canelo says title be damned I will weight drain that sucker down if it is the last thing I do. That is why he says I will not be bossed around by fake deadlines. He doesn't want to have it dictated to him that the fight will be at 160, plain and simple. He couldn't get out of that and GGG wouldn't budge on it. These suckers (Cotto and Alverez) should never have won the title unless it was at the full middleweight limit to begin with. Then there wouldn't be this mess. That is what the alphabet organizations should implement. I see why boxing is a niche sport. At least in the WWE and the UFC fans get the fights they really want to see when the athletes are hot even though the WWE is fake. Sometimes boxing feels that way too. Canelo vs GGG or bust. GGG will probably give in to at least a couple or three pounds unfortunately.


-stormcentre :

Canelo says title be damned I will weight drain that sucker down if it is the last thing I do. That is why he says I will not be bossed around by fake deadlines. He doesn't want to have it dictated to him that the fight will be at 160, plain and simple. He couldn't get out of that and GGG wouldn't budge on it. These suckers (Cotto and Alverez) should never have won the title unless it was at the full middleweight limit to begin with. Then there wouldn't be this mess. That is what the alphabet organizations should implement. I see why boxing is a niche sport. At least in the WWE and the UFC fans get the fights they really want to see when the athletes are hot even though the WWE is fake. Sometimes boxing feels that way too. Canelo vs GGG or bust. GGG will probably give in to at least a couple or three pounds unfortunately.
:)


-stormcentre :

There's some very interesting reading over on Oscar's "The Ring" website . . . Where it's patently (painfully?) obvious that no paid writer over there - including our dependable Dougie - dares to speak out of line. It's about as diametrically opposed to the good stuff (and truth) we got going on here. Funny that. :)


-KO Digest :

This Buds For You — To trump Oscar and his Golden Boy, De La Hoya's old promoter Bob Arum should have his own middleweight champion declared ASAP. Nevermind Canelo, Golovkin, and the rest of the pretender slash contenders. Examining the available roster under Uncle Bob's contractual command, I think it should be Terence "Lil Hagler" Crawford. He's good, a marketable star, and he's never fought anywhere close to 160 pounds. He's perfect. Arum can call "Bob's Bud" the Top Rank Middleweight Champion, get his guy a shiny new belt, put his face on the cover of a few TR publicity magazines, insist on BS catchweights, fight only in Omaha, and most importantly: Be sleazier than the WBC and never fight GGG...


-deepwater2 :

Canelo deserves all the money if he fought GGG next. 80-20 in favor of Canelo. I was hoping Canelo would take $20+ million and GGG would have a few million. The catchweight era is over for the middleweights at least.


-King Beef :

I guess we are gonna see who blinks first; how bad does GGG want/need that big payday?


-deepwater2 :

I guess we are gonna see who blinks first; how bad does GGG want/need that big payday?
GGG should fight Canelo and take $1 to make the fight. It might not be about the $. Canelo wants and needs the 155lb catchweight. GGG should accept it. Take the chance to become the man.


-Chris L :

Canelo and Oscar have kind of check-mated themselves in this one. If they had kept relatively quiet on the whole front then they probably could have got away with dropping the belt and saying that they were taking a couple of interim fights to build the fight a bit more. But they were both so vocal about fighting GGG next straight after the win against Khan that now it (rightly so) looks as though they are ducking him if they do anything but fight him next. However whereas Oscar (probably) desperately doesn't want Canelo to fight GGG next, I'm sure Canelo isn't scared of him and will demand the fight now that everyone is already accusing him of ducking. I saw one of his social media accounts earlier and it was filled with people posting pictures of chickens.


-amayseng :

Come on Canelo dare to be great. You attempted it against Floyd, got white washed and still took on Lara in a risky fight. Drop the cw bs and dare to be great and fight GGG at 160. Carry the sport like you were meant to.


-Domenic :

Come on Canelo dare to be great. You attempted it against Floyd, got white washed and still took on Lara in a risky fight. Drop the cw bs and dare to be great and fight GGG at 160. Carry the sport like you were meant to.
This is true. But Canelo knows that Golovkin is simply at a different level than Floyd or Lara, thus he chose to give up his belt and endure a social media thrashing rather than face him. Canelo's biggest payday is Golovkin too, that's getting lost in all of this. Golovkin simply needs to move on to Saunders, Jacobs, and Eubank, so he has alternatives. Just stay busy, 3 a year, then see what the landscape is. For all intents and purposes, he has a win over Canelo. The guy handed him his belt rather than fight him. That's KO1.


-amayseng :

This is true. But Canelo knows that Golovkin is simply at a different level than Floyd or Lara, thus he chose to give up his belt and endure a social media thrashing rather than face him. Canelo's biggest payday is Golovkin too, that's getting lost in all of this. Golovkin simply needs to move on to Saunders, Jacobs, and Eubank, so he has alternatives. Just stay busy, 3 a year, then see what the landscape is. For all intents and purposes, he has a win over Canelo. The guy handed him his belt rather than fight him. That's KO1.
agreed. Just read on boxnation Canelo and gbp reached out to Liam Smith for a fight.. Wow, very disappointed in Canelo.


-King Beef :

GGG should fight Canelo and take $1 to make the fight. It might not be about the $. Canelo wants and needs the 155lb catchweight. GGG should accept it. Take the chance to become the man.
Hate to say it, but I think any chance of this fight is a thing of the past. Unless the fallout hits GB and Canelo in the pocket; GGG is the farthest thing from their mind....unless GGG bends to the demands.


-Radam G :

Canelo and Oscar have kind of check-mated themselves in this one. If they had kept relatively quiet on the whole front then they probably could have got away with dropping the belt and saying that they were taking a couple of interim fights to build the fight a bit more. But they were both so vocal about fighting GGG next straight after the win against Khan that now it (rightly so) looks as though they are ducking him if they do anything but fight him next. However whereas Oscar (probably) desperately doesn't want Canelo to fight GGG next, I'm sure Canelo isn't scared of him and will demand the fight now that everyone is already accusing him of ducking. I saw one of his social media accounts earlier and it was filled with people posting pictures of chickens.
Do you ever consider that a scrap is not taking place because of money demands? Canelo is not ducking 3g. Three g is the B-side but is acting like a pucking diva. So he loses big time instead of negotiating. Holla!


-Radam G :

Hate to say it, but I think any chance of this fight is a thing of the past. Unless the fallout hits GB and Canelo in the pocket; GGG is the farthest thing from their mind....unless GGG bends to the demands.
Ditto! Holla!


-FrankieDallas :

Canelo is now officially El Pollo Rojo. I can't recall a Mexican boxer being so afraid .... yes, afraid... to fight anyone else. Despite his rant in the ring post-Khan KO, he simply doesn't want to get in the ring with GGG, who would Odor his ***. To those of you who say Canelo doesn't need GGG or that he has big paydays ahead of him... really? You're going to PPV a Canelo fight with another undersized, no chance opponent? Not me...and he's alienated many of his Mexican fans so don't count on them anymore either. GGG vs Danny Jacobs is bigger IMO than any Canelo vs featherweight bout. After cleaning out MW GGG can move up to 168 where he has huge fights ahead of him.


-Radam G :

Canelo is now officially El Pollo Rojo. I can't recall a Mexican boxer being so afraid .... yes, afraid... to fight anyone else. Despite his rant in the ring post-Khan KO, he simply doesn't want to get in the ring with GGG, who would Odor his ***. To those of you who say Canelo doesn't need GGG or that he has big paydays ahead of him... really? You're going to PPV a Canelo fight with another undersized, no chance opponent? Not me...and he's alienated many of his Mexican fans so don't count on them anymore either. GGG vs Danny Jacobs is bigger IMO than any Canelo vs featherweight bout. After cleaning out MW GGG can move up to 168 where he has huge fights ahead of him.
C'mon, FrankieDallas! I know who you are. Cut the crap. Three g is in Canelo's mouse trap. All over 3g's arse, Canelo will tap. It is 3g who is holding out, despite that he has been awarded another alphabet soup strap. When he truthfully man up and step up, on him will be a -- your words, not mine -- a "Red Chicken" rap. Three 3 played the same hand of bullsyet bluffing and huffing and puffing with SOG Ward. But when it came time to sign the paper to scrap, Team 3g put up a wall of silence. They are fronting and clowning, and have those in da know of wazzup da goddigadidog [sic]? FROWNING! Holla!