TalkSport’s Michael Benson is reporting several huge decisions by the WBC. The influx of WBC news is due to their convention which is ongoing in Kiev.
The WBC has ruled that Gennady Golovkin will face their interim titlist, Jermall Charlo; the winner will go on to face Canelo Alvarez. The new middleweight champion is free to defend his titles in December. As previously reported, Alvarez will likely face David Lemieux next.
Golovkin wanted a big win under his belt before jumping right into a trilogy fight with Canelo. This fight is the best of both worlds. Should they both beat their next opponents, the trilogy fight is even bigger. Charlo is a hungry young lion though, should he win, the interim belt situation is resolved.
The World Boxing Council has also ordered Shawn Porter to defend the strap against emeritus champion, Keith Thurman.
The latter is undefeated, one of his wins being over Porter in a defence of the WBA strap. Thurman went on to also win the WBC belt from Danny Garcia but was forced to relinquish the belts due to injury. Thurman gets a shot at reclaiming one of the belts in this sequel to their previous thriller.
A featherweight title unification has been enforced as Gary Russell, WBA champ, will face WBC titleholder, Leo Santa Cruz. Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington are already booked to contest the IBF belt in December; the winner will likely face Carlos Valdez. We could see the crowning of an undisputed champion in the near future.
As reported earlier, Garcia will next defend his lightweight titles against Richard Commey. Per a decision by the council, Garcia will face Luke Campbell after Commey. This puts a spanner in the works for Garcia; he planned to unify against Lomachenko, before a move to welterweight.
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Source: Michael Benson