The World Boxing Council has ordered a rematch between its middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, champion in the same weight class, albeit of other boxing organizations.
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Alvarez (49-1-2) fought to a stalemate last September, meaning both fighters retained their titles. Golovkin still holds the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO titles, while Alvarez wears The Ring title and the lineal middleweight belt.
“Regardless of if they did or didn’t order the rematch, we are going to try to make it happen,” said Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Alvarez.
“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.”
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler, who is in Baku for the convention, seconded the statement of Gomez about the fight.
“It doesn’t get any better than the fight with Canelo,” said Loeffler. “It really became an international sporting event instead of a world boxing championship match. Gennady still has all his titles. He’s still the world champion and this is a fight that the fans want again, so we can have a more definitive ending to the next one. We’ll do whatever we can on our side to make it happen.”
The fight between GGG and Alvarez recorded the third-biggest gate in history, with 17,318 tickets sold at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After such an unexpected and controversial draw, both promoters expect people will still line-up to see a second fight between the champions.