Loeffler Not Feeling Deadline Pressure To Finalize Golovkin Fight

By Steve Kim

At the Palm Restaurant in Los Angeles, IBF, WBA, WBC, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and promoter Tom Loeffler held a small, intimate gathering with the press to make what was basically a non-announcement of the May 5th date that they are still hoping to salvage.

With it being less than a month away from Cinco De Mayo, is there a deadline to make this a reality?

"All the venues have told us that they are going to keep the date as long as we feel it's still possible to promote a show," explained Loeffler. "HBO to their credit, they originally had a pay-per-view scheduled on  May 5th, they've adjusted their schedule to accomodate 'Triple G' which is not easy to do with less than 30 days."

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The likes of Vanes Martirosyan have been mentioned as a fill-in for Saul Alvarez, who had to drop out of this date after testing positive for clenbuterol and faces a disciplinary hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission on April 18th. Spike O'Sullivan had been in the running but is now fighting on May 4th at the StubHub Center on a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

So worse case scenario: does Golovkin hope that 'Canelo' is eligible to do their rematch in September and sit idle or does he try and get another more credible fight in June?

Loeffler answered - "That is dependent on what the Nevada commission rules on April 18th, depends on what Nevada rules then we all have to make our adjustment. Hopefully Gennady has a fight secured by May 5th by that time and he's not dependent on it."

What also loom is a mandatory defenses against the likes of Sergiy Derevyanchenko (who's rated number one by the IBF) that his representatives are pressing for.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-13-2018

[QUOTE]1) it is beyond bizarre that they did not jump on Saunders in June..... especially since he has been running around with Gennady's "dream", and especially since BJS started embarrassing Golovkin by crashing his pressers and calling him Pvssy-Borat 2)…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 04-13-2018

what a disaster and idiotic comments from loeffler who is way over his head.

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-13-2018

quick guys, the gold award is still up for grabs..... [QUOTE]o, k, then..... seeing nobody will state the obvious, I guess it's up to me..... this statement, is utter bullshht..... [B]GGG Promoter: Many Reasons Martirosyan 'Makes Sense' for May[/B] there…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-13-2018

[QUOTE=Nomadic;18666242]I wouldn't mind seeing him face Andrade. What you think?[/QUOTE] I would prefer..... Saunders Jacobs Charlo/Derevyanchenko Andrade in order of most deserving

Comment by R_Walken on 04-13-2018

[QUOTE=factsarenice;18666722]He got fights, he fought a lot and only lost on points to Lara, Charlo and Andrade.[/QUOTE] I agree there’s no shame in losing to Lara , Andrade , Charlo ( If Charlo stayed at 154 those are 3 of…

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