GGG must beat the WBC’s ‘interim’ champion to earn a trilogy with Canelo
The WBC have ordered Gennady Golovkin to face Jermall Charlo next, with the winner set to get the next shot at middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
GGG lost his WBA and WBC titles by close, controversial, majority decision in his rematch with Canelo last month and his promoter petitioned for a trilogy fight at the governing body’s annual convention on Wednesday.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman responded by declaring, with the approval of their board, that they would instead allow Canelo to make a voluntary defence, likely against David Lemieux, in December.
After that, they will order the Mexican to face the winner of a fight between ‘interim’ champion Jermall Charlo and Golovkin, which must take place in the meantime.
Charlo is a 27-0 (21 KOs) American contender who is highly thought of in the middleweight division.
The 28-year-old formerly held the IBF world title at super-welterweight, but has now moved up and has been patiently waiting for his shot at one of the current top 160lbers.
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It seems his time has come, as the dangerous twin, whose brother is also a super-welterweight champion, could now get a crack at Golovkin if both parties agree to take the fight.
Also at the convention, the WBC ordered a featherweight unification between Gary Russell Jr and Leo Santa Cruz, a welterweight unification between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, plus a super-lightweight final eliminator between Jorge Linares and Adrien Broner.