The cancellation of the super fight rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez is now also beginning to impact the Kazakh knockout artist.
Other than facing plenty of criticism from the entire world of boxing, Canelo’s future in the sport could be thrown into doubt after testing positive for two banned substances in February. That temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission could turn into something a lot more serious if the decision doesn’t go his way during the hearing on April 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite the cancellation of the highly anticipated fight, Golovkin’s promoters decided not to throw the Cinco de Mayo event into doubt and instead fight another opponent to take on and by then, the world will know what’s in store for the red-haired Mexican and whether a rematch is even possible.
Obviously, there are going to be plenty of fighters that are willing to step up and attempt to crack the code by etching the first loss on Golovkin’s record, and one of those is Sergiy Derevyanchenko. His promoter, Lou DiBella, is looking to have the Ukrainian step in for Canelo as he’s the IBF mandatory challenger.
Triple G currently owns the IBF, IBO, WBA and the WBC titles and there’s a chance he could be stripped of the IBF if he doesn’t accept the mandatory offer with Derevyanchenko’s team seeking legal action if the fight doesn’t happen - a fight which is now due.
The hesitation from Golovkin’s team is that although the clock is ticking on fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend, they’d prefer to promote the fight for more than the three weeks they have so that it can be built as a much bigger fight.
However, Sergiy’s manager Keith Connolly told ESPN that the IBF should strip Golovkin if he doesn’t accept the fight.
According to the New York Post, he said: “Now that Canelo-Golovkin has been called off, the IBF mandatory is due.
“Sergiy has worked his whole life to earn a mandatory position and I will be doing everything in my power from a legal standpoint to protect my client’s right. I feel very comfortable in our legal position that we are owed the title shot immediately.
“Sergiy is ready to fight Golovkin now. If he chooses not to fight us, the IBF should strip him and we will fight whoever is next in the rankings for the title.”
Golovkin is still training for the May 5 date, so he would be ready from a training point of view for the fight to go ahead. Although the Ukrainian isn’t the star name like Canelo, taking the fight would perhaps be more beneficial to Golovkin so that he can still keep hold of all of his championship titles and get this mandatory out of the way.
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