By Haxel Ruben Murillo, notifight.com
According to Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez, he is likely not participating on the Cinco de Mayo event that will showcase IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defending his belt against Armenian Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Gonzalez was considered by GGG Promotions and HBO to join the undercard, and in fact were about to send a statement about the return of the four-time world champion after a complicated 2017, in which he lost back to back fights Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
"Yesterday we met with my team, and we decided not to fight on that same evening (on May 5 with Golovkin), because in the end we did not know who the opponent was. (Plan B is) to fight in June, possibly. We're going to see where we fight, but I hope they give us the opportunity to fight in Nicaragua. There were about 10 rivals and in the end we do not know who he is, and as of this date I still do not know who he is," Gonzalez said.
Carlos Blandon, the legal advisor to Gonzalez, spoke to ESPN Deportes and said that the final decision will be made on Tuesday night, but also made it known that the negotiations do not look good at all.
"We are grateful to the people of HBO and I took into account that we're fighting on the same event of Golovkin, but in the end the opponent was not confirmed and we decided with my team, in the end, to walk away, because we still did not know who it was, and other details," Gonzalez. said.
According to Tom Loeffler, promoter of Golovkin, more than 4,000 tickets were sold in a day for the May 5 bout in California.
ESPN Deportes states that one of the possibilities for the return of Gonzalez is to into climb the ring in the month of June in his native Nicaragua, where he has not fought since February 2015, when he defeated Valentin Picoco 'León.
Cecilia Braekhus, Ryan Martin and Bryan Ceballo are the fighters who, for now, are still confirmed for the Golovkin-Vanes card, but none of them are going to be televised by HBO.