Gennady Golovkin has wanted nothing more than to claim all four major belts in the middleweight division. He owns two already and, because he also has an interim belt, he is the mandatory challenger for a third, the WBC version owned by lineal champion Canelo Alvarez.
Although Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) preferred to face Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) in his next fight, their camps made a deal to put off the mandatory bout at Alvarez's request, theoretically until September, while each took another fight first.
Golovkin's will come against Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs), a mandatory challenger, on Saturday (HBO, 10 p.m. ET) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Alvarez will square off with Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7 (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Alvarez-Khan winner will have 15 days to let the WBC know if he will commit to facing the Golovkin-Wade winner next.
Part of the deal the WBC made with both camps is that if the winner doesn't commit -- and Alvarez and Golovkin are heavy favorites -- Alvarez would be stripped of the title and Golovkin elevated from the organization's interim champion to full titleholder.
Alvarez, however, does not seem concerned whatsoever that his belt would be in jeopardy if he beats Khan and does not commit to a fall fight with Golovkin.
"I'm not even thinking about that," Alvarez said on a teleconference with boxing media on Tuesday to discuss the Khan fight. "I'm preparing for this fight on May 7. I'm not even thinking about that.
"After the fight, we'll see. We'll decide and see what's the best course of action. But right now, it's not even in my mind. Hasn't even crossed my mind. I don't know."