Gennady Golovkin gains WBC middleweight belt after Saul Alvarez vacates title

Gennady Golovkin looks on before his fight against Curtis Stevens for the WBA Middleweight Title at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2013
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Gennady Golovkin adds the WBC belt to his world middleweight collection after Saul Alvarez vacates the title ahead of an impending deadline to face the Kazakh fighter.

Saul Alvarez has said that he still wants to face Gennady Golovkin despite vacating his WBC middleweight belt on Wednesday.

Golovkin has been Alvarez's mandatory challenger since late in 2015, and the WBC said that negotiations must be completed by next Tuesday in order to set up a mega fight in September.

However, Alvarez has decided to give up his belt due to the time constraints put in place but the Mexican has signalled his intention to meet his pound-for-pound rival in the ring.

In an official statement, the 25-year-old said: "After much consideration, today I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and to finalise a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title.

"For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no-one wanted, because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight 'GGG,' and I will beat 'GGG', but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines.

"I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and 'GGG' and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see."

Earlier this month, Alvarez knocked out Amir Khan in the sixth round of their bout in Las Vegas.

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