Cinco No-Go: Gennady Golovkin’s May 5th bout on verge of collapse

Phil Jay 11/04/2018

As WBN mentioned earlier this week, Gennady Golovkin was pushed for time in his bid to fight on May 5th – whether it was Las Vegas or California.

All had gone eerily quiet for Golvokin on the Cinco de Mayo front and promoter Tom Loeffler has now informed World Boxing News that there may not be a fight at all on that date.

“I’m not sure if the Gennady Golovkin fight is happening on May 5th at this point,” said Loeffler in a message late on Tuesday as the governing bodies continue talks to work out what happens next.

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Due to the collapse of Golovkin’s fight with Canelo Alvarez, mandatory challengers have now come into play, with IBF number one Sergey Derevyanchenko pushing hardest of all.

Promoter Lou DiBella has questioned why the Ukrainian is not next in line as Golovkin looked into the possibility of a clash with Irishman Gary O’Sullivan next month.

Meetings have been held between the WBC and IBF to resolve the situation, as it emerges that ‘GGG’ could be stripped of his IBF belt for not facing Derevyanchenko next.

This means any hope of fighting on May 5 is on the verge of collapse as plans to face O’Sullivan (after Jamie Munguia and Vanes Martirosyan were rejected) hang in the balance.

O’Sullivan has already agreed terms for the contest, scheduled to be moved to the StubHub Center, although has seemingly never been the first choice option.

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The clock has been against Golovkin since the Canelo farce unfolded and leaves Loeffler backed into a corner and without much hope of promoting a fight in a four-week turnaround.

Even the belated addition of Roman Gonzalez hasn’t helped due to Golovkin’s desire to keep a firm grip on all his championships

All the big names were already off the menu before Golovkin’s search for a foe began as Billy Joe Saunders, Jermall Charlo and Danny Jacobs all have prior engagements to fulfill.

Saunders defends his WBO belt against Martin Murray in June, Charlo is scheduled for a WBC eliminator with Huge Centeno imminently and Jacobs battles Maciej Sulecki for the WBA mandatory spot at the end of April.

Right now, unless something can be worked out in the next 48 hours, Golovkin will likely delay his return until the summer – possibly to fulfill his IBF stipulation or face Saunders in an undisputed battle as Canelo waits on the sidelines for six months or more.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay