No WBC title at stake when Golovkin fights Alvarez

Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan will not be risking his World Boxing Council crown in his September middleweight showdown against Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, promoters revealed Friday.

Gennadi Golovkin's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles will be at stake against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
Gennadi Golovkin's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles will be at stake against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (GETTY/AFP)

Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan will not be risking his World Boxing Council crown in his September middleweight showdown against Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, promoters revealed Friday.

Golovkin's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles will be at stake while Alvarez offers the Ring magazine crown and linear title in the September 16 matchup at Las Vegas, Nevada.

Golovkin, 37-0 with 33 knockouts, has the major belts in the division. But Alvarez, 49-1-1 with 34 knockouts, had owned the WBC title before vacating it last year. It was awarded to Golovkin and that reportedly irked Alvarez, who vowed not to fight for it if a deal was struck to fight Golovkin.

"I am very proud to be fighting for these important titles in this fight," Alvarez said of the crowns at stake in the bout.

"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."