Canelo Alvarez’s status is turning middleweight division into mess

Canelo Alvarez’s status is turning middleweight division into mess

It’s getting a bit ridiculous, really. It wasn’t long ago that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin met for what everyone considered the undisputed middleweight championship, one of boxing’s most prestigious titles. Today, you can’t be sure exactly who the middleweight champion is.

Two big “championship” fights in boxing’s 160-pound division will take place on Saturday, while a third potential middleweight showdown appears doomed for now.

The WBC blurred the division’s hierarchy this week by announcing that Alvarez, of Mexico, has been reclassified as the sanctioning organization’s new “franchise champion,” while elevating “interim” middleweight champion Jermall Charlo to the WBC regular middleweight champion.

Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) got the news while preparing to face California’s Brandon Adams (21-2, 13 KOs) Saturday night at the NRG Arena in Houston. The fight, from Charlo’s hometown, will be televised on Showtime.

Meanwhile, Demetrius Andrade, holder of the WBO middleweight title, also will be in action Saturday, defending his belt against Maciej Sulecki

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