WBC extends deadline for Canelo-GGG negotiations
After Canelo Alvarez beat Miguel Cotto on November 21 to win the middleweight world title, he had 15 days to make his intentions known to the WBC about whether he’d make a mandatory title defense against unified world titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who also holds the WBC’s interim belt, or risk being stripped of the belt.
The fight between Alvarez and Golovkin would vault to the top of the list of the biggest fight of the year, and while many don’t think it will be the next fight for either man given their schedules, it still has a decent shot of happening next year.
The WBC has made it a little easier on Canelo, who according to his promoter Oscar De La Hoya will fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, by granting him a reprieve by extending the deadline for Alvarez to make a decision.
"The World Boxing Council has been in continuous communications with the representatives and promoters of WBC world middleweight champion Saul Alvarez and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin with regards to the ruling concerning this division.
"Due to the holiday week of Thanksgiving celebrated in the USA, and considering the goodwill of both parties to finalize an agreement, the WBC has extended until Friday, December 11, the time to have a final resolution of this matter in accordance to the WBC rules and regulations."