NSAC Won't Approve Munguia as Golovkin's Opponent for May 5

By Keith Idec

The search for Canelo Alvarez’s replacement continues. has learned that the Nevada State Athletic Commission won’t approve Mexico’s Jamie Munguia as Gennady Golovkin’s opponent May 5 in Las Vegas. reported Thursday that Munguia was expected to step in on short notice for Alvarez, who withdrew from their high-profile rematch Tuesday because he expects the NSAC to extend his temporary suspension later this month because he twice testing positive for clenbuterol in February.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, is expected to submit the name of at least one potential replacement for Alvarez to the NSAC by Friday. If Munguia is on that list, sources close to the NSAC have informed that he won’t be approved because the NSAC doesn’t think the talented but untested prospect is ready for such a significant step up in competition against Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

gennady-golovkin (11)_1

The 21-year-old Munguia is an undefeated, powerful prospect, but he hasn’t fought anyone at the championship level since he turned pro in July 2013. In addition to his inexperience against top opposition, Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs) also has competed most recently as a super welterweight, which means he’d have to move up to the middleweight division to challenge Golovkin for the Kazakh knockout artist’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

Moreover, Munguia competed as a welterweight, two full weight classes below middleweight, as recently as 11 months ago.

By refusing to approve Munguia on short notice, the NSAC demonstrated for the second time recently that it is firmly committed to placing the safety of boxers and following its rules and regulations at the forefront. Many fans and media expected the Alvarez-Golovkin rematch to take place May 5, despite Alvarez testing positive twice for a banned substance, because there was so much money at stake in their lucrative pay-per-view event.

Now that Munguia is out of the mix to replace Alvarez, Golovkin could fight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan four weeks from Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ireland’s O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) was considered the frontrunner to land this daunting assignment before Munguia temporarily became a top option.

Representatives for Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), a former WBA super welterweight champ from Providence, Rhode Island, and Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs), the mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s IBF 160-pound title, also have repeatedly expressed those fighters’ willingness to step in for Alvarez on short notice.

Lou DiBella, who promotes Derevyanchenko, has petitioned the IBF to either force Golovkin to make his mandatory defense against Derevyanchenko on May 5 or strip Golokvin of his IBF 160-pound championship.

Golovkin last made a mandatory defense of his IBF title in April 2016, when he knocked out Dominic Wade in the second round in Inglewood, California. It is the IBF’s turn in its rotation with the WBA and WBC to have Golovkin make a mandatory defense of its middleweight title.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-06-2018

Pvssy-Borat..... stop ducking Saunders, you b1tch

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-06-2018

[QUOTE=theface07;18646202]Woah, big surprise, the biggest Golovkin hater would make a ridiculous comment in a pathetic attempt at making Golovkin look worse than Canelo. Sorry troll, go back under the bridge. Your facts are nothing more than bias opinion that have…

Comment by Build That Wall on 04-06-2018

Just fight BJS in june

Comment by TheBigLug on 04-06-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;18644354]Golovkin would face anybody besides Demetrius Andrade, that style is all bad for him, boo boo would dominate him worse than Daniel Jacobs did[/QUOTE] He barely scraped past Jack Culcay lol

Comment by peplz on 04-06-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18644441]When was the last time Floyd knocked anyone out before Connor??? 2011 on a sucker punch and then 2007 You big dumb fuk! SMH at some of the DUMB SHT ppl say...[/QUOTE] Calling the Victor Ortiz ko a sucker punch…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (137)
Top Headlines WBC: Jack-Browne Winner Will Be Mandatory To Gvozdyk Canelo-Jacobs: Venue TBD, T-Mobile The Current Frontrunner Photos: Warren vs. Oubaali, Ruiz vs. Tepora - Face To Face Photos: Badou Jack, Marcus Browne - Go Face To Face Jacobs Inks New Deal With Hearn, Three Fight Deal With DAZN Photos: Bryant Jennings, Oscar Rivas - Ready For Battle in Verona Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Go Face To Face in NYC Ellerbe: Broner Beating Pacquiao is No Upset, This is 50-50 Fight Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs Finalized For May 4 Photos: Serrano vs. Voraberger, Doheny vs. Takahashi - Weigh-In Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Ready For War Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - On Point To Fight Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Ready For Battle Erislandy Lara vs. Brian Castano Tops Showtime Triple, March 2 Ricardo Quiroz To Face Jamaine Ortiz on February 23 Photos: Keith Thurman Putting in Work For Josesito Lopez Weights From New York City: Andrade 159.8, Akavov 160 Hearn Prepared To Win Purse Bid For Wilder-Fury Rematch Broner: Arum Offered Me $2 Million To Fight Pacquiao; F*** Him! Liam Smith vs. Sam Eggington Set Down March 30th Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox on February 15, ShoBox Anthony Yarde vs. Mehdi Amar Set For February 23 Khan: I Think a Brook Fight Is Still There, A Fight I'd Love To Have Malignaggi Feels Garcia is 'Going Too Far' in Facing Spence Broner: If I Win That Maidana Fight, I'd Probably Be Dead Now Hearn, Golden Boy Keen on Linares-Cano Winner vs. Hooker Warren Reacts To Hearn's Offer Claim For Joshua vs. Fury Loeffler Aims To Stage Several 'Hollywood Fight Nights' in 2019 Liam Smith Would Welcome a Showdown With Kell Brook Pacquiao: What Happened With Marquez Will Not Happen Again! Cameron Krael Fights on Mayweather Card at MGM Grand Video: Mike Reed on Preparing Adrien Broner For Pacquiao Video: Roy Jones Jr. Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Broner Clash Video: Caleb Plant Discusses IBF Title Win Over Jose Uzcategui Video: Al Bernstein Reacts To Adrien Broner Going Off On Him Manny Pacquiao - Is This the One? Amir Khan: I'll Beat Crawford, Take His Place in P4P Rankings! Muhammad Ali's Hometown Renames Airport in His Honor Broner Tells Pacquiao's Group He Has Cat, Dog For Them To Eat Video: Pacquiao vs. Broner - All Access Daily - Part 1

Latest Active Forum Threads