WBC Pens Open Letter To Canelo Alvarez
In a letter written by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman discussed the rift between the organization and one of the most visible fighters in the sport. Since 2015 there has been tension with Alvarez vacating the WBC middleweight crown, declining a custom belt for his fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and declined to fight for the WBC’s title and more than likely its custom belt this weekend against Gennady Golovkin.
“This fight was mandated by the WBC in May of last year. It was supposed to have been mandated in May, 2015. However, GGG and K2 Promotions were in agreement to allow then-champion Miguel Cotto to fight Alvarez and when the fight was delayed, and when Canelo beat Cotto, GGG again graciously accepted to allow Canelo a voluntary defense in which he knocked out welterweight Amir Khan…
Five months before Canelo versus Khan, the agreement signed by Golden Boy Promotions and K2 was publicly released by the WBC and it clearly stated that a purse offer would be conducted 15 days after the Canelo versus Khan fight, due to the fact that GBP and K2 were in continuous negotiations since December, 2015, to sign Canelo versus GGG. At no time was there any pressure from the WBC on Canelo. It was agreed by both parties.”
“I am certain that Canelo must not have the facts clear, as he has since dedicated himself to express bitterness towards the WBC for unknown reasons. He has forgotten of the so many instances in which the WBC was fundamental in his growth as a boxer and as a person. My father, Jose Sulaiman, took Canelo as a rising prospect and guided him through a process to make him a huge star, going from the WBC Youth championship to the NABF championship and the Silver championship.”
Sulaiman then talks more about all the instances of his organization sticking up for Canelo and looking out for his best interest. Sulaiman even mentions that his father, the previous WBC president, strongly advised against Canelo taking on Floyd Mayweather in 2013 because they cared so much about his future.
But in the end Sulaiman just expresses his ‘disappointment’ that after making several attempts to meet with Canelo face-to-face, to settle whatever grievance there is between the two, that he’s always summarily rejected.
Original Story: Bad Left Hook