Golovkin Promoter on Derevyanchenko: GGG Needs Proper Pay

Tom Loeffler, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), believes a fight with mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko needed far more than three weeks of promotions - and GGG also needed a lot more money.

The camp of Derevyanchenko were pushing hard to face Golovkin on May 5th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Instead, Golovkin will face late replacement Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs).


Vanes replaces Canelo Alvarez, who on Wednesday was suspended for six months because he tested positive for clenbuterol in two drug tests that were taken back in February.

Loeffler would have been open to making a fight with Derevyanchenko, but there wasn't enough money available to make that fight and there wasn't enough time to properly promote it.

 “If it’s a mandatory, you need to promote that fight properly, you can’t promote it on three weeks’ notice,” Loeffler said to The Press Telegram.

“Even if Derevyanchenko was willing to take short money, why should Triple G be short-changed for a mandatory situation?”

Loeffler said the selection of Vanes was the best choice possible in a tough situation - given that Vanes is a local fighter with an Armenian following and he's been showcased numerous times on television.

At the same time, Vanes will enter the fighter after almost two years of inactivity and is also moving up from the junior middleweight limit.

“Under the circumstances, the choice was really Gennady just not fight May 5 or we put the fight together under these circumstances,” he said.

“It’s not an ideal situation. I don’t dismiss that, but it’s not like we planned a fight three months out and we had plenty of guys to choose from and we picked Vanes. But he’s local, he’s had a lot of TV exposure. If Canelo hadn’t tested positive, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JLC on 04-25-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;18695629]So basically what you're saying is you don't want GGG to take any risky or competitive fights because you want him to get a good payday. Are you a boxing fan? So when the Canelo fight doesn't happen in…

Comment by Boxing lives on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=AKAcronym;18698105]Oh so by the time they fought, Ward was the smaller man? News to me.[/QUOTE] Ward really put a beating on Kov. Never thought Kov would bend over and quit. It was hilarious!!

Comment by TonyGe on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18703282]Martinez signed a contractual agreement with HBO to fight Golovkin next if he beat Cotto if I assumed that you were one of the 97,000 fkn idiots who were disrespectful to Martinez..... it is because of your history/reputation as an…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=TonyGe;18703178]Here is what Lou DiBella said when he was approached by Golovkin's camp about fighting Golovkin. “At 37 years old, he is going to fight the biggest possible fight. Who would give a flying ****, and why are you even…

Comment by TonyGe on 04-24-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18703078]which is EXACTLY what Hypekin did by talking about old Martinez Golovkin had done NOTHING to step ahead of Martinez money-fight with Cotto..... and yet you clowns all ran around calling Sergio a duck now you are saying that Derev…

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