Canelo Alvarez Tells Gennady Golovkin Potential Fight Must Be at Catchweight

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2015

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 09:  Canelo Alvarez of Mexico (L) delivers a punch to James Kirkland during their super welterweight bout at Minute Maid Park on May 9, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Canelo Alvarez has insisted that his potential fight with Gennady Golovkin can only take place at a catchweight of 155 pounds, not at the 160-pound middleweight limit.  

Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) is scheduled to fight WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) at 155 pounds on November 21 in Las Vegas.

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The winner will then be immediately required to organise a clash with Golovkin—the IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight champion—within 15 days or else be stripped of the title.

But the 25-year-old Mexican says he will only fight the undefeated Kazakh at 155 pounds, per Ben Thompson on Fight Hype:

If he wants to fight with me, let him come down to 155 and I'll fight him whatever day he wants. At this moment, my body isn't ready for 160 pounds. Maybe 1 or 2 more years I'll be ready for 160, I don't know, but I'd be delighted to fight someone like Gennady. He's a great fighter and I think it would be a great fight. I'd be delighted to get him in a fight.

Golovkin holds the WBC's interim title and is the mandatory challenger to the full belt. If Alvarez beats Cotto but then refuses to face Golovkin at 160 pounds, the WBC will strip him of the title and hand it to the 33-year-old.

As the mandatory challenger, GGG is in no way obligated to meet Canelo's demands, and he recently ruled out the possibility of fighting at a catchweight against either Alvarez or Cotto, per Radio Rahim of BoxingScene.

A clash between Golovkin and Alvarez thus seems an unlikely possibility should Cotto lose in late November.

It is a shame, as Alvarez is one of the most exciting young talents in the sport and impressed with a demolition of America's James Kirkland last time out, per HBO:

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As for Golovkin, he is a true star: a powerful, exciting fighter who has knocked out 31 of his 34 opponents in his unblemished career.

Most recently, he showed his great power and intelligence in securing the IBF title against Canada's David Lemieux, per the Los Angeles Times:

Alvarez vs. Golovkin could potentially be a blockbuster of a fight. But it now seems unlikely to go ahead should Alvarez claim the WBC title from the 34-year-old Cotto.