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WBA won't be an obstacle in Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin negotiations

WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. says the sanctioning body won't order Gennady Golovkin to face mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs until negotiations with Canelo Alvarez are complete.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

The WBA is doing their part to pave the way for a Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin title unification fight by stepping out of the way. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. made as much known yesterday when he affirmed the organization's stance about putting together what is the fight to make in boxing.

"The WBA will not interfere in the Golovkin-Canelo negotiations because that is the fight the fans want," Mendoza said. "However, should they not reach an agreement, [the] WBA mandatory fight for Golovkin will be against [Daniel] Jacobs."

Golovkin is currently the WBA's 'super' champion in the middleweight division while Danny Jacobs holds the 'regular' title - making him Golovkin's mandatory challenger. But the WBA won't officially order that fight until they see how negotiations between Golovkin and Canelo pan out.

Canelo Alvarez is currently the WBC's middleweight champion, a title that Golovkin, the interim champion, is the mandatory challenger for. The WBC has given Canelo and Golovkin 15 days from Canelo's knockout of Amir Khan to come to terms on the fight or they will order it to purse bid. Should Canelo decline the fight for whatever reason, it's expected that he will be stripped by the WBC, with Golovkin then being promoted to full titleholder for that organization.

As the talks between Canelo's promoter Golden Boy and Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 take place, the two sides have vowed not to negotiate in public. That, you know, clearly isn't much fun for you or I -- but if it makes it easier to put the fight together then I'm on board.

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