Worrying U.S. report states that Gennady Golovkin will NOT fight Spike O’Sullivan

The saga surrounding unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s May 5th opponent looks to have taken another twist.

Cork fighter Spike O’Sullivan [27(19)-2(1)] was believed to the front-runner to step in and replace Canelo Alvarez who officially withdrew from his mega rematch with Golovkin [37(33)-0-1] on Tuesday.

O’Sullivan stated yesterday that he had accepted a fight with the Kazakh king and that his team of manager-trainer Paschal Collins, promoter Murphys Boxing, and TV partner Golden Boy Promotions were in advanced negotiations with Team Golovkin.

However, Stateside reports this afternoon claim that a fight between Golovkin and Mexican hotshot Jaime Munguia is close to being finalised for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

ESPN senior boxing writer Dan Rafael revealed that, while it is not official yet, “multiple sources”, have informed him that 21-year-old Munguia will step in for his countryman Canelo.

The 28(24)-0 light middleweight was named Ring Magazine’s Prospect of the Year for 2017 but, admittedly like O’Sullivan, would be a massive underdog versus WBC-WBA-IBF champion Golovkin.

Munguia was initially reported to be the front-runner, with his team revealing that talks had taken place with Golovkin’s representatives. However, it looked as though these were fruitless and that O’Sullivan would be the man in the opposite corner on Saturday May 5th.

Again, nothing is confirmed, and O’Sullivan remains deep in camp at the Celtic Warriors Gym in Dublin.

Before the storm caused by Canelo’s positive tests for Clenbuterol, Mahon’s O’Sullivan was preparing for a Vegas fight date on Friday May 4th and, should Munguia be the man to face Golovkin, it is assumed that this fight would still take place and that the 33-year-old will remain a major player in the division going forward.

The popular Irish fighter has seen his star rise exponentially in America recently following his successive stoppages of Nick Quigley and, especially, Antoine Douglas.

O’Sullivan is ranked 11th with the WBC, 9th with the WBA, and 5th with the WBO.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie