With his second round demolition of Marco Antonio Rubio, Gennady Golovkin not only successfully defended his WBA super wold middleweight title, he also became the interim WBC world champion. This interim title makes him the mandatory challenger for the WBC Middleweight Champion, Miguel Cotto.
After his fight with Rubio, Golovkin made clear that a fight with Cotto is the fight he wants the most. Golovkin told reporters, “It is very important for my career, my team and my fans to fight Cotto. I want to be the best middleweight of the world.”
However, today the official website of the WBC reported that the WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman, have stated that Cotto is allowed to make a voluntary defense before he will have to face Golovkin.
This decision by Sulaiman allows Cotto to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May next year, without having to drop his WBC title. Cotto-Canelo is expected to be a major PPV succes. The decision also forces the winner of arguably the biggest fight of 2015 to fight ‘GGG’ later that year.
In the meantime, Golovkin is rumored to have two defenses of his titles in the first half of 2015. One in February against either Martin Murray or Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in Monte Carlo and one in May in the United States against an opponent to be determined.