The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the mandatory bout between middleweight super champion, Gennady Golovkin, and the champion of the category, Erislandy Lara, as part of the world title reduction plan.
Golovkin and Lara will have one month to reach an agreement for the fight, which will end on October 23. The winner of this fight will be the only WBA 160 lbs. champion.
The pioneer body granted special permission to the Kazakh champion to move up a division and fight Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 17, with the condition that he would return to middleweight to face Lara and no other special permission would be granted.
Golovkin’s defense is mandatory
The WBA has made the decision attached to that resolution and to rule C.11, which states that the champion must defend his crown against the official contender 120 days after winning the title.
“GGG” won the title last April 9 by defeating Ryota Murata, so the deadline expired last August 8 and he must face the Cuban in his next fight.
In case the teams do not reach an agreement or one of them refuses to do so, the fight will be sent to auction with a 75% split for Golovkin and 25% for Lara.