The Nevada State Athletic Commission are meeting on Thursday morning to discuss a request by Gennady Golovkin’s promotional team to switch his fight to the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Should Canelo Alvarez be suspended from participating in their high-profile middleweight May 5th rematch due to adverse drug testing, ‘GGG’ will look to draft in a new opponent for the smaller venue.
With the request to stage the contest coming from GGG Promotions and not Golden Boy, it could now cast some doubt on whether Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan is the number one choice for the event.
As Tom Loeffler and Oscar De La Hoya were co-promoting Golovkin v Canelo 2, it was initially thought both would remain at the helm for any switch-up, which may not be the conclusion.
O’Sullivan is signed with De La Hoya and looked the obvious choice ahead of Demetrius Andrade, Sergey Derevyanchenko and a few others contenders.
What is becoming clearer is that Golovkin will fight in Las Vegas on May 5th, with or without Canelo, as Nevada faces up to staging a Cinco de Mayo event without a Mexican fighter in either corner.
Canelo’s hearing is set to take place on April 18, when a firm decision either way will be made.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman recently stated he doesn’t believe Canelo can be found guilty of doping, although the NSAC could still suspend the two-weight world champion for the find itself.
“Canelo, specifically and exclusively to this case, may be considered guilty of negligence and ignorance and was careless in his nutrition regime. However, with all the facts and information available to analyze this case, he cannot be found guilty of doping,” said Sulaiman in his recent column.
More will be revealed later this month.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay