When Canelo Alvarez outpointed Miguel Cotto on Nov. 21 to win the middleweight world title, he knew he had 15 days to make his intentions known to the WBC about whether he would commit to making his mandatory defense against unified world titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who also holds the WBC's interim belt, or risk being stripped of the alphabet belt.
Alvarez-Golovkin would be one of the biggest fights in boxing, although most insiders do not believe it will be the next fight for either man. Golovkin is more likely to fight somebody else in late February or early March; Alvarez's next fight will be in May on Cinco de Mayo weekend, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya.
Whatever happens with the belt, Alvarez received a small reprieve Friday when WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced an extension of the deadline for Alvarez to make a decision.
"The World Boxing Council has been in continuous communications with the representatives and promoters of WBC world middleweight champion Saul Alvarez and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin with regards to the ruling concerning this division.
"Due to the holiday week of Thanksgiving celebrated in the USA, and considering the goodwill of both parties to finalize an agreement, the WBC has extended until Friday, December 11, the time to have a final resolution of this matter in accordance to the WBC rules and regulations."
It would seem likely to me that a ruling happens in which both camps agree to allow interim fights within a certain time frame. I could see a scenario in which Golovkin fights in February/March, again in early summer while Alvarez fights in May, and then they line up the big one for next September on the weekend of Mexican Independence Day.