Golovkin's Promoter Reacts To Canelo's Withdrawal, Talks May 5

By Steve Kim

Earlier today, it was announced by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Golden Boy Promotions that they are officially withdrawing from the May 5th rematch versus Gennady Gololvkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), which was scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

There was a dark cloud hanging over Alvarez after he tested positive for clenbuterol back in February.

The Mexican star was 'temporarily suspended' by the Nevada Athletic Commission and was scheduled to appear before them on April 18th where he is expected to face some disciplinary measure.

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So with that pay-per-view event being cancelled, where does that leave Golovkin?

Tom Loeffler, the head of GGG Promotions told on Tuesday afternoon - "As I've been saying Gennady's been in full training. Right now he's ready to fight May 5th and he wants to defend all of his titles on May 5th. That's what we're looking at with the official announcement from 'Canelo'. We're looking at finding a suitable opponent."

Golovkin, who has not fought since facing Alvarez back in September, made it clear he didn't not want to stay idle any further.

"(Gennady) wanted to fight and it's my job to make sure it happens," said Loeffler.

"So that's what we're looking at right now. There's a lot of moving parts. 'Triple G' and 'Canelo' is the biggest fight in boxing but 'Triple G' defending all his titles is also still a very big event. So that's what we're doing and we're organizing that side right now."

Word is that this new event will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, all Loeffler would confirm is that it would,''definitely be in Las Vegas."

Spike O'Sullivan is said to be the leader to land this assignment. Loeffler, who now has to put together the undercard says,"we're working on the details but it looks like it will stay a pay-per-view."

Should Alvarez only receive a six-month suspension, there's a chance the rematch with Golovkin could take place in September, which is probably what both sides are aiming for as the best case scenario.

"Look, when you have the biggest fight in boxing, 'Triple G' wants to prove what everyone thought the first time - that he won the fight. And he wants to do it again," said Loeffler.

"Right now, we're just focused on his fight May 5th and hopefully on what the commission rules then we can make the 'Canelo' rematch as soon as possible after that."

Steve Kim is news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 04-05-2018

[QUOTE=Sosay;18638757]I dont agree with Sully but come on with the "desperate to get pass" bs. That's reminiscent of Wilder ducking Ortiz amd Povetkin. He'd be fighting Nelo, if Nelo didn't get caught![/QUOTE] Wilder didn't get a pass so he went…

Comment by peplz on 04-04-2018

I dont know what Loeffler is talking about. There were plenty of people who didn't think that Golovkin won the first fight; I being one of them. He was effective but he fought like he was in the Olympics trying…

Comment by otrocubiche on 04-04-2018

Get Siri and gamboa azzes on the gym and add them to the card, they'll fight for peanuts and will bring fireworks and viewers

Comment by kiaba360 on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;18639419]If they're going for a soft touch like Spike then they must be convinced that the Canelo fight still happens next [B]The obvious opponent should be Derevyanchenko. He's the next IBF mando (the most aggressively enforced mando), he's top 10…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;18639419]If they're going for a soft touch like Spike then they must be convinced that the Canelo fight still happens next The obvious opponent should be Derevyanchenko. He's the next IBF mando (the most aggressively enforced mando), he's top 10…

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