WBC Orders Canelo-GGG Rematch
In the week following the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight title fight, it was reported that both sides have already entered negotiations for a rematch to take place next year. As the thrilling fight ended in a controversial draw, it came as no surprise that both parties were interested in running it back.
At today’s World Boxing Council convention, the governing body officially ordered an immediate rematch between Canelo and ‘GGG’.
The WBC’s decision is mostly a formality at this point, as both Golden Both Promotions and Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler have made it clear that they are already in the process of getting a deal done.
If the rematch does come together, it will most likely take place during Cinco de Mayo weekend of 2018, as Canelo has stated that he plans to make his return during the Mexican holiday on which he typically fights.
“Regardless of if they did or didn’t order the rematch, we are going to try to make it happen,” Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, told ESPN. “We’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen because it’s the fight that the fans want, it’s what the fighters want, and it’s what the media wants.”
Though the fight was ruled a draw, most spectators believed that Golovkin had done enough to deserve the victory, as he dominated the middle rounds before Canelo mounted a comeback in the latter three frames. Much of the post-fight discussion has been centered around referee Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard of 118-110 Canelo, a puzzling ruling that was heavily criticized by fans, media, and fighters alike.