The WBC-IBF-WBA middleweight champion is due to defend his titles in a rematch with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday May 5th. This Las Vegas fight, however, looks extremely likely to be scrapped.
Canelo is on-course for a ban from the sport after testing positive, twice, for Clenbuterol in February. The Nevada Athletic Commission has issued the Guadalajaran – who has blamed contaminated meat for his failed tests – a temporary suspension which is expected to be increased to an outright ban at a formal hearing on April 18th.
Mahon 33-year-old O’Sullivan [27(19)-2(1)] had been known to be in the mix and was recently reported as one of two prominent options as a replacement.
However, with the fight date set for the Mexican holiday of Cinco De Mayo, it was expected that 21-year-old Mexican light middleweight Jaime Munguia – the 2017 Ring Magazine Prospect of the Year – would be the man to replace Canelo.
In addition to this, today Top Rank boss Bob Arum stated that WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez, also of Mexico, would be willing to step in and put his title on the line if Team Golovkin were agreeable.
O’Sullivan, however, seems to be the favoured option over Munguia – and Ramirez – with ESPN boing journalist Fernando Barbosa reporting today that the Irishman is set for the call.
From what I am hearing, GGG Vs Spike O’Sullivan will be a GO for 5 de Mayo
— @BarbosaBox (@BarbosaBox) April 2, 2018
It had previously been reported that the Celtic Warriors Gym man may have allowed Golovkin to bring the fight across the country to his preferred Madison Square Garden Arena in New York but Barbosa reports the clash will still be in Vegas.
O’Sullivan has been in camp for over a month already, preparing for a Golden Boy on ESPN headline slot in Sin City on Friday May 4th.
The Murphys Boxing slugger is one fight into a four-date TV deal with Golden Boy. The first of these was his stunning upset stoppage of touted American Antoine Douglas which has catapulted O’Sullivan into the consciousness of U.S. boxing fans and seen him emerge as a possible Golovkin opponent.