Due to the advances of several middleweights over the past 24 hours, it seems that two names are above all else on the substitutes bench for Canelo Alvarez.
As WBN exclusively revealed on Monday, highly-ranked Demetrius Andrade is the top available contender, although promoter Frank Warren has now thrown a title belt into the mix.
Warren has confirmed Saunders, the WBO champion, could be available for May 5th despite revealing an injury which delayed his clash with Martin Murray until June.
Originally set to fight on April 14, Saunders next title defence was pushed back two months, although Warren says there’s a chance the Hatfield man could be ready for the GGG call.
“I am sure as much as Las Vegas will want the event to take place on Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo because of the income that it would generate for the local economy and casinos – and as much as Golovkin will want it to go ahead – at the end of the day the sport has got to be seen to be policing itself and failed tests cannot simply be ignored,” said the promoter in his column on frankwarren.com.
“If the fight is ultimately aborted then the name of Billy Joe Saunders will be firmly in the frame as a potential opponent for the holder of the other three middleweight belts, but the prospect of this would be very much date dependent due to the hand injury that has disrupted his training as you would want to be anything less than 100 per cent going in with Golovkin.”
On the case against Canelo’s drug test, Warren added: “I think many people just assumed the hugely profitable party would go ahead regardless and the issue would simply be swept under the canvas.
“It did appear that the governing bodies were reluctant to do anything about it and it now seems it is down to the Nevada commission to take the appropriate steps and investigate the matter properly.
“It looks now like there will be some consequences – especially now it is public knowledge that Canelo failed two drug tests,” he said.
When it comes to Gary O’Sullivan, it’s the Irishman’s ties with Golden Boy that potentially put him at the top of the list to keep the Oscar De La Hoya / Tom Loeffler promotion as such.
‘Spike’ is due to fight on May 4 anyway and was pencilled in to challenge Canelo in September in another Las Vegas event.
All will be revealed once a decision is made by the Nevada State Athletic Commission come April 10th.
One thing that’s now become apparent is that Golovkin will be involved in a meaningful collision which will appease the fans who have already forked out for the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ date.