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WBC says Canelo has to fight GGG or give up title

When Canelo Alvarez is fighting Amir Khan and GGG is fighting Dominic Wade, it is very clear which fight needs who more.

When Canelo Alvarez is fighting Amir Khan and GGG is fighting Dominic Wade, it is very clear which fight needs who more.

The WBC has laid the gauntlet down on Canelo Alvarez. If he beats Amir Khan to retain his World middleweight title then he must next fight Gennady Golovkin or relinquish his belt.

This comes not long after there have been several rumors flying around that even if Alvarez beats Khan that the fight that was expected to take place in the fall against GGG might not happen until next spring at the earliest, and maybe not even at all.

It may sound like surprise to hear a Mexican organization like the WBC come out and threaten their biggest star, but this is a huge fight that people want to see. Boxing does not want to see it take the road Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao took and have it happen so far in the future that neither fighter is in their prime any more and the talk about it has cooled.

Both sides are at fault in why this fight has been so tough to schedule. Alvarez’ demand that GGG fight below middleweight for the middleweight belt is pretty ridiculous, but at the end of the day, Alvarez has all of the bargaining power. GGG likes to call shots, but that also is why he has not fought anybody of real note yet in his career. Alvarez has fought great opponents (Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, Miguel Cotto and now Amir Khan). GGG has nobody even close to those fighters on his resume except maybe David Lemieux, who still seems like a peg down.

GGG is the one desperate for a big fight. He did not want to fight Andre Ward, which led Ward to move up to light heavyweight to chase a huge fight against Sergey Kovalev, instead he’s called out all of the guys who are a lot smaller than he is. There was no way Mayweather would ever consider fighting a guy who is naturally 15-pounds heavier than he is. He tried but failed to fight Billy Joe Saunders. His best shot is to get Alvarez, so he kind of should bend to his will. Alvarez has never had a problem getting great opponents and if he does not fight GGG next and gives up the title they he can still make a ton of money off being a PPV attraction, which GGG is not yet, against fighters like Kell Brook of Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Timothy Bradley or Danny Garcia.

GGG’s best options would be…Chris Eubank Jr…Willie Nelson…Jorge Heiland…

None of those names are very inspiring at all. Which is why, Golovkin desperately needs Alvarez and Alvarez does not need GGG or the belt really.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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