The WBC has ordered former unified middleweight world titleholder Gennady Golovkin to face interim champion Jermall Charlo.
Wait, wait, wait. Hold your applause. This fight will probably not happen -- at least not as early as the WBC may want you to believe.
There are a few things that need to be considered before boxing fans lose their minds over this announcement.
First, it is an open-ended order with no date. Secondly, the WBC hardly follows through with these orders. Let's take a look at some recent history.
The WBC announced back in January that the winner of Charlo-Centeno would get the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin II. Obviously, that turned out not to be true.
Just days ago, the WBC backed off that initial statement, granting the newly crowned middleweight world champion Canelo a voluntary defense if he returns to the ring in December. David Lemieux could be the lucky man to face Alvarez after he scored a first-round KO of Gary O'Sullivan in September. Moreover, the WBC just forfeited their turn in the mandatory rotation, which means the WBA mandatory will come next before Charlo. This essentially will allow Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO's) to fight whoever he wants for 18 months because we all know that May 4, 2019, is the target date for a trilogy between Canelo and GGG.
Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO's), 37, is coming off his first professional loss and has two, maybe three fights left in him. The Kazakh native who trains out of Big Bear, California, has hinted in the past that he could retire from boxing to spend more time with his family. That decision is coming sooner rather than later. Furthermore, the money might not be enough at this juncture for Golovkin to face Charlo.
Golovkin-Charlo is an excellent fight on paper, but there has been very little marination. At best, GGG could make around $4 million to fight the unbeaten Charlo (27-0, 21 KO's), a former 154-pound world titlist, who is a beautiful technician, with thudding power. On the other hand, the winner of Ryota Murata-Rob Brant is a possibility for Golovkin. If Murata wins, Golovkin could fight him in Japan, and could make approximately $14-15 million. If Brant wins, Triple-G will not make as much dough, but it would give him a better opportunity to finish his career with a W. Additionally, WBO 160-pound strapholder Billy Joe Saunders, if he beats Demetrius Andrade on Oct. 20, would be a lucrative opponent for a bout in the United Kingdom. That bout could get Golovkin $8-10 million.
Of course, Golovkin is a warrior who wants to fight everyone. However, his advisement team has his future in their considerations, and may push him to stay away from Charlo.
With that being said, Charlo needs to stop focusing on the big fights for now and get into the ring as soon as possible. At this rate, he will finish 2018 just like he did 2017, with only one fight, having learned very little. He needs a test, and his promoters need to do a better job in getting him those bouts.
Canelo-Charlo, at the earliest, will take place in September 2020. By then, both fighters will be 30 years of age, and maybe Charlo's inactivity will have made just enough of an impact for Canelo's side to follow through with a potential Fight of the Year candidate.