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GGG Promoter: We Feel Vanes Has Better Credentials Than Spike

Tom Loeffler, the promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), believes Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan is the best possible opponent when considering the circumstances.

The contest takes place on May 5th at the StubHub Center in Carson California.

Vanes is a very late replacement for Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who was initially scheduled to face Golovkin on the same May date at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Canelo was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, after the boxer tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol back in February in two separate drug tests.

Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) is a huge underdog in the contest. He is moving up from the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds, lost three of his last six fights, and has not fought since May 2016 when he lost a twelve round decision to Erislandy Lara.

But Vanes was not the first choice.

Team Golovkin was first trying to secure middleweight contender Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan.

A deal was reached in principle, but the fight fell apart after the contest was switched from HBO Pay-Per-View to regular HBO - and as a result O'Sullivan's money was cut.

Now O'Sullivan will return in a co-featured fight on May 4th, as part on an ESPN televised card, also at StubHub.

Loeffler believes Vanes brings more to the table for this contest than O'Sullivan does - based on his local popularity and experience in televised fights against top opponents.

"We believe that Vanes has better credentials than Spike. No offense to him, he's fighting on Friday night in a great opportunity on ESPN. But naturally the financials change when you're going from pay-per-view and a big arena in Las Vegas to regular HBO and a venue like StubHub," Loeffler said. 

"We weren't able to work out a deal with Spike, but we feel that Vanes, especially being rated number one by the WBC, and you can the popularity with his fans from Glendale. He has a very strong fan base here. It just made sense all the way around when Don King mentioned that he was interested. Nobody can underestimate Vanes, with his experience, his amateur experience. He will not be intimidated walking into that ring."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-26-2018

[QUOTE=techdude69;18703677]But you will still watch the GGG fight because it’s free because you have nothing else to do than live on this site whilst living in mums basement.[/QUOTE] I have watched gazillions of fights and lots of them were pretty…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;18703891]I believe the phrase was "anyone from 154-168". Surely you can think of a few fighters in those weight classes that were willing to fight GGG.[/QUOTE] Surely you're talking about Lara and Ward . Same Lara that had a draw…

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;18703869]So out of curiosity name the guys that were ranked highly that he avoided before the Jacobs fight.[/QUOTE] I believe the phrase was "anyone from 154-168". Surely you can think of a few fighters in those weight classes that were…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;18702181]Don't be silly, every fighter has hometown fans. You don't have to be world renown to have local fans. I see, when in doubt, play the GGG is a victim role. GTFOH wit that! Its not about where he is…

Comment by gioberi on 04-24-2018

Only a fool could classify Vanes and Spike in the same class, at any weight. And often these are the same people who think Charlo and Andrade are great opponents. Two fighters that barely beat Vanes on a razor thin…

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