By Miguel Rivera
As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) officially received his WBC middleweight world title on Monday at Museo Soumaya in Mexico City.
Canelo captured the title last month at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, when he won a twelve round majority decision over Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.
On December 15th, the 28-year-old WBC, WBA, Lineal champion at 160-pounds will move up in weight to challenge WBA "regular" super middleweight world champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
After nearly two years of animosity, Canelo and the World Boxing Council are now on very good terms.
The two sides had a falling out in the aftermath of Canelo win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May of 2016 - when the sanctioning body ordered him to face Golovkin in a mandatory defense. At the time Canelo was the WBC champion at 160.
Canelo vacated the belt, lashed out at the WBC and dropped down to 154-pounds to fight for the WBO title.
For several fights, Canelo was refusing to fight for the WBC title.
During Canelo's PED saga earlier this year, when the Mexican superstar tested positive for clenbuterol - it was WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman who was defending him to no end in the press.
And now that Canelo has vowed to represent the WBC - Sulaiman is singing the boxer's graces.
"Canelo shut a lot of mouths in his last fight. He quieted a lot of critics who said he did not come forward. But in his last fight he showed with his fists and his aggression that he is the better fighter. Canelo is always first to raise the Mexican flag after a victory and yell Viva Mexico! I am so proud he is representing the WBC once again," Sulaiman said.
"This day is very special, because today we recognize a champion who has dedicated his life to boxing, to place the name of Mexico in a high position. A young man who does not forget his roots and he's been an inspiration for many young people. His contest against Gennady Golovkin to win the belt was one of the great fights in [boxing] history."