Billy Joe Saunders Ready To Fight Golovkin - But Not on May 5

Frank Warren, promoter of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, has revealed that his boxer is ready to fight IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC champion Gennady Golovkin in a huge unification - but not on the Cinco De Mayo date of May 5th.

On Tuesday, Canelo withdrew from next month's middleweight title bout with Golovkin, two months after the Mexican star twice tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol.

The May 5 fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was to have been a rematch of their controversial draw from last September.


But on March 5, Canelo's promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, announced he twice tested positive for clenbuterol in February.

It was unlikely the Nevada State Athletic Commission would approve the fight after th governing body temporarily suspended Canelo, who could face a longer suspension. 

Canelo is to appear before the commission on April 18 concerning the positive tests.

Golovkin is planning to fight a different opponent on May 5 - likely at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Saunders was scheduled to fight Martin Murray next Saturday night, but he withdrew with a hand injury. That contest has been postponed until June 23.

Warren indicates that Saunders would not be physically ready in time for May, but his boxer would be ready to go by early June.

"Although Billy Joe can't recover in time for May 5 he could go as early as the first or second Saturday in June. I am making a huge offer for Gennady to come to a football ground in London. Otherwise we are just as happy to go to Las Vegas, where Golovkin is keen to headline for the first time in his career," Warren told Daily Mail.

"The T-Mobile Area in Vegas are already refunding the high-price tickets for Canelo-Golovkin. Their problem now is that the date coincides with a Mexican national holiday and most of those expensive seats have been taken by the thousands who come across the southern border to celebrate.

"It might be wiser for Gennady to take a slightly smaller arena in June and fill it with Billy Joe, who really believes he has a great chance of winning that fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jef20071 on 04-13-2018

Nonsense again

Comment by jef20071 on 04-13-2018

[QUOTE=Street15;18642788]I'll answer both questions. [B]What is funnier?[/B] Canelo having his legal team look over bylaws of a state that has a "strict liability" clause, signing the contract to fight in that very state, and still not taking every precaution to…

Comment by jef20071 on 04-13-2018

What's the deal is the hand broke ? Is it bruised ? BJS won't be ready by may 5th. He should be in good shape etc since he just fought lemuiex not to long ago. GGG would fight him anywhere.…

Comment by Reloaded on 04-06-2018

[QUOTE=dorruel2.0;18638134]For all the ***** Saunders talks, it is put up or shut up time. Fight on May 5th or stfu and fight the murrays of the world[/QUOTE] A fight of that magnitude on 4 wks notice , what world you…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-06-2018

[QUOTE=Street15;18642788]I'll answer both questions. [B]What is funnier?[/B] Canelo having his legal team look over bylaws of a state that has a "strict liability" clause, signing the contract to fight in that very state, and still not taking every precaution to…

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