By Miguel Rivera
IBF, WBA, IBO, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is not concerned, at least at this moment, with whatever punishment is handed down to division rival Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Golovkin's only focus right now is fighting on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - against an opponent to be announced.
He was scheduled to fight Canelo in a rematch on the Cinco De Mayo date - but the contest began to fall apart when the Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspended the Mexican superstar over two failed drug tests from the month of February - where he came up positive for clenbuterol.
Last Tuesday, Canelo officially withdrew from the rematch - after he was ordered by the NSAC to appear at a hearing in Las Vegas on April 18th - and advised ahead of time that he was unlikely to get approved for the May 5th bout.
This past Saturday, GGG participated in the Santa Anita Derby in California and there he chatted with some reporters regarding the withdrawal of Canelo and other items.
"Now is my time. I'm ready to fight with anyone, we'll see. I will be ready to fight on May 5 in Las Vegas," said Golovkin, according to ESPN Deportes.
"Canelo withdrawal is not my problem, I'm ready to fight. I am a professional and I know how I should do things. It should not be a problem for me [to fight on May 5]."
Golovkin reiterated that, for him, the fact that the rematch against the Mexican superstar was canceled is "terrible for the sport."
Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, stated that Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions made the right decision not to fight on May 5, since it would be difficult to get rid of the temporary suspension imposed on him.
"After the commission announced the suspension, I don't think they had another option. Canelo did the right thing to step aside with a (press) conference as they did. The focus was the tiebreaker, Golovkin wants to fight on May 5 because he wants to be active and then we will see the rematch with Canelo," said Loeffler.
Loeffler said that they still have five possibilities to select a opponent for Golovkin and that in a couple of days at the latest, they will make the announcement of who will be chosen.
"There have been many opponents under consideration, Jaime Munguía is one of them, there is a list of five different types and we are just trying to close everything, also with the venue, with HBO, with Tecate, international television," explained Loeffler. "There are many factors, different aspects, sanctioning bodies, we are still looking for the indicated type. Obviously, there is little time and we must work fast. In a couple of days we will have it."