WBC Pres Praises Canelo Facing Fielding
It’s a great time to be Canelo Alvarez.
The Mexican fighter ended the undefeated run of Gennady Golovkin last month in their epic rematch, becoming WBA and WBC middleweight champion in the process. Then, at the WBC’s recent convention in Kiev, the boxing sanctioning body ruled that Alvarez will be allowed to make a voluntary defense of the title — rather than face GGG in an immediate trilogy bout.
And now, a bit of a swerve hit the boxing world, as Alvarez announced that on Dec. 15, he will step up in weight and challenge WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden. This will mark Alvarez’s US East Coast debut and give Alvarez the chance to become a three-division champion.
And if one were to ask WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman about Canelo’s intentions, he’s all for it.
“It’s an opportunity that came up [for Canelo] and it’s going to be a spectacular close to the year. The WBC is in full support [of his decision] because we have agreed to that,” Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes. “We are living in a different world. I am happy because Canelo is at home [with the WBC]. We agreed on this fight taking place at 168 pounds, he will represent the WBC.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene