Negotiations are underway to make what could arguably be the best fight of the boxing calendar in 2016, but it is expected weight issues could be a key hurdle to overcome in making the fight become a reality.
Canelo Alvarez is a young, gifted and seeming to be improving all the time world champion, who recently recorded a highlight reel knockout over Britain’s Amir Khan to defend his WBC middleweight world title:
Despite the WBC middleweight title been on the line that night, the bout was agreed at 155lbs – 5lbs below the usual and regular limit that championship fights normally come under for the middleweight division.
Catchweights have been a common feature in Canelo’s career in recent years and don’t get me wrong, I’m not attempting to be over critical of him for it, it’s been a leveraging point to his advantage and I can understand why his team have haggled for it time and time again for him, but enough is enough.
He has now developed into a powerful, fully fledged middleweight (as recent evidence above portrays).
If Canelo and GGG meet for a unification of the middleweight titles the fight should be at the full middleweight limit, as this match-up could be a genuine history fight, and might even be remembered alongside some of the classic middleweight battles in boxing history.
It doesn’t appear to be an issue for Canelo himself but from experience in covering boxing over the last few years, I’ve learned that the promoter or manager will nine times out of ten be the key decision maker.
Golden Boy Promotions will know the risk involved in facing such a ferocious puncher in Golovkin, and will rightly look to gain as many advantages for their man (Canelo) as they can.
I just hope a catchweight isn’t one of them. It’s just far too good a fight for it.
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