Boxing fans react to the controversial decision the WBC has made over Canelo Alvarez


Boxing's WBC middleweight division is one of the most interesting things to watch at the moment. 

That's mostly down to two men - current WBC 160lb champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul Canelo Alvarez. 

The pair met each other back in September of last year, but the fight ended in a controversial split draw. 


Judges scored the fight 115–113 for Golovkin, 118–110 for Alvarez and 114–114. The draw itself wasn't actually too controversial - and many people agreed with the decision. 

But it was judge Adalaide Byrd, who scored the fight 118-110 in Canelo's favour, that caused the trouble.

His result was widely ridiculed following the bout - with many observers feeling that GGG had just edged a win or that the two deserved a draw. Very few gave the win to Alvarez. 

Because of the result, a rematch was booked for May 5. However, it never took place because Canelo twice tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, and was suspended. 


In the aftermath of the suspension, WBC took a lot of criticism for keeping Canelo ranked, despite the fact he had tested positive - and therefore, they recently removed him from the rankings. 


In his absence, Jermall Charlo was made mandatory challenger for Golovkin's title - however, GGG isn't too keen on fighting him. 

Luckily though, what the WBC have done on Friday may mean that GGG won't have to fight Charlo. 


After Alvarez agreed to sign up for random VADA testing for drugs, the Mexican has been reinstated to No.1 in the WBC middleweight rankings. And boxing fans struggled to believe it. 

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According to Boxing News 24, GGG does not need to give the mandatory challenger a title shot - meaning he can offer Canelo a rematch - which he's more than willing to do.

The only issue is that the Golovkin camp is pushing for a bigger split of the fight purse than last time - and they're not going to back down lightly.

Before Canelo's suspension, the two sides agreed to a 35-65 split in favour of the challenger - but that's not an offer that GGG is willing to accept any more.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez

Despite these difficulties, the fight is fully expected to happen in the future - and as the WBC have just reinstated Canelo as their number 1 - it may be sooner than many expected.  

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