The Mexican superstar was due to face unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in a highly-anticipated rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday May 5th.
However, the Golden Boy cash cow last night withdrew from the fight following two failed drug tests. The Guadalajaran tested positive for Clenbuterol in February – which he claims was due to contaminated Mexican beef – and he has withdrawn from the fight ahead of the official hearing.
The show must go on, however, and the venue has been switched to down the strip at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Cork’s Spike O’Sullivan [27(19)-2(1) is believed to be the front-runner to come in and challenge WBC-WBA-IBF champion Golovkin [37(33)-0-1].
However, a number of other fighters have also stated their desire to take on GGG.
Billy Joe Saunders [26(12)-0]
The last piece of the middleweight puzzle, the WBO middleweight champion was due to defend his belt versus Martin Murray on April 14th. A hand injury has seen this fight delayed until June 23rd but Saunders has put himself forward to step in and face Golokvin.
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) April 3, 2018
Jermall Charlo [26(20)-0]
The former IBF light middleweight champ is now the WBC mandatory challenger. The boxing twin was due to face Hugo Centeno Jr on April 21st for the interim green belt but has, somewhat cryptically, thrown his hat into the ring.
— Jermall Charlo (@FutureOfBoxing) April 3, 2018
Danny Jacobs [33(29)-2(1)]
The New Yorker gave Golovkin a huge scare last March, losing a close decision. ‘The Mircacle Man’ faces Maciej Sulecki in a WBA final eliminator on April 28th but has indicated that he would be game to step in for Canelo instead.
Demetrius Andrade [25(16)-0]
A rangey, talented, southpaw, the former WBO light middleweight champion moved up last year and has been calling for Golovkin.
— Demetrius Andrade (@BooBooAndrade) April 3, 2018
Sergiy Derevyanchenko [12(10)-0]
The Ukrainian WSB veteran is the IBF mandatory challenger and stopped Conor McGregor sparring partner Dashon Johnson last month. His promoter, Lou DiBella, has called for the Golovkin fight, seemingly dismissing the challenge of O’Sullivan.
How about Derevyanchenko who is @GGGBoxing’s mandatory and would be a real fight and challenge?
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) April 3, 2018
Gilberto Ramirez [37(25)-0]
Top Rank boss Bob Arum promotes the WBO super middleweight champion and he has offered the Mexican forward should Golovkin want to step up in weight.
On behalf of Zurdo Ramirez we would accept challenge from GGG to fight for Zurdos super middleweight title.
— Bob Arum (@BobArum) April 2, 2018
Yamaguchi Falcao [15(12)-0]
The Olympic bronze medalist fought just last weekend – on a card in Boston alongside Jason Quigley – and the Brazilian is keen to get back in the ring next month and face Golovkin.
Vamos continuar nossa campanha: “Estou na lista como possível adversário do GGG dia 05 de maio. Sou brasileiro e não desisto nunca. Estou em busca de uma oportunidade para mostrar ao mundo que Brasil tem boxe.” Vamos divulgar!! Marquem meu nome nas redes sociais: Yamaguchi Falcao Juntos somos mais fortes.🙏👏 Golden Boy Boxing HBO Boxing Let’s continue our campaign: “I’m on the list as a potential opponent of GGG on May 5. I am Brazilian and I never give up. I’m looking for an opportunity to show the world that Brazil has boxing. ” Let’s spread !! Mark my name on social networks: Yamaguchi Falcao Together we are stronger. ” Golden Boy Boxing HBO Boxing
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