Canelo Alvarez is refusing to fight for the WBC Middleweight world title when he faces Gennady Golovkin on September 16th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo announced that he will challenge Golovkin for his WBA and IBF world titles and he will also put his Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight world title on the line. Canelo Alvarez is not also interested for GGG’s IBO world title.
“I am very proud to be fighting for these important titles in this fight,” Alvarez said to ESPN.com.
“This will be the best boxing event of the year, and I know all of the fans from Mexico and beyond will come out and enjoy the fight as I defend my lineal and Ring magazine titles and take home the WBA and IBF championships.”
Golovkin immediately reacted to statement of Golovkin and said that he is the proud owner and champion of WBC.WBA,IBF and IBO world title belts and will defend each of them with pride in Las Vegas.
If Canelo wins he will only take home the WBA and IBF world titles while the WBC and IBO titles will become vacant if he is serious about his statement.
Belfast’s Carl Frampton (23-1,14) fight at SSE Arena in Belfast with Mexican Andres Gutierrez has been cancelled due to an accident to Andres Gutierrez.
Andres Gutierrez suffered cut on his face reportedly due to slip and fall accident in the shower.
|Photos from Andres Gutierrez social media account
Before the incident both boxers attended weigh in ceremony where Gutierrez weighed in at 125.9 pounds and Frampton came overweight at 127 pounds for WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator.
Frampton’s promotions , Cyclone Promotions and SSE Arena statement regarding the issue:
“Cyclone Promotions and The SSE Arena regret to announce that the ‘Return of The Jackal’ event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 29th July, has been cancelled due to an accident to Andres Gutierrez,” the statement read. “It is hoped that the event will be re-scheduled but ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets and contact point of purchase for further information.”
Frampton who will return since his first set back against Leo San Cruz is dissappointed and apologise to the fans.
“I’m disappointed, gutted, It was a freak accident and unfortunately you can’t really write things like this. “I’ve just seen Andres there and for the fighter’s safety there’s no way that he could box. It’s a dangerous sport and I don’t think physically he should be allowed to box. “I’d like to apologise for me being unprofessional and missing the weight. I did everything I could to get to the nine stone limit but it just seems to be getting harder.” Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan said: “We’re all so disappointed. It was a freak accident. He slipped in the shower, smashed his face, the guy is concussed. He has a deep gash on his chin, his nose, lost two of his teeth.” —— Frampton told BBC