WBC Approves GGG Title Defense
While he may not be fighting Canelo Alvarez on May 5th, Gennady Golovkin will be defending his WBC middleweight title, as the WBC has approved a voluntary defense of his title.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was saddened by the news of Canelo Alvarez pulling out of the May 5th clash in Las Vegas, but is happy to provide Golovkin the opportunity to defend his title.
“It’s very sad news for boxing, because everyone expected and anticipated this rematch. However, it is necessary to follow up and clarify a positive result and in this case, the Nevada Athletic Commission is acting according to the protocol. As a sanctioning body, we have made our position very clear and due to these events we have authorized a voluntary defense for the champion,” Sulaiman said.
The Middleweight title fight will also have the extra prize of a special “Cindo De Mayo” belt, which after the Alvarez suspension, was going to be given to the winner of a fight in Thailand with champion Wanheng Menayothin going his 50th win.
“It`s important to note that the commemorative belt for the dates May 5 and September 15, ‘Don Adolfo López Mateos’ will be named ‘Belt Bats’il Ajaw’ which means ‘True Hero.’ And it will be won by the fighter who gains the victory,” Sulaiman said.
“We must make the best out of this special date. There have been great surprises on Cinco de Mayo.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene