The Friday Five: May 4th, 2018

1. Golovkin is focused on Martirosyan.

“We’re focused on May 5th.” That is the mantra Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler are sticking to, in the fallout of the Canelo Alvarez drama.

Speaking with FIGHT SPORTS this week Sanchez discussed his and Golovkin’s initial reactions to Alvarez testing positive for the fat burning drug clenbuterol.

“Disappointment,” was the first word out of Sanchez’ mouth.

“Disappointment that someone would put a fight of this value to the boxing industry in jeopardy.”

Loeffler, who always has a “plan B and C” in place for Golovkin fight, did not for the fight with Alvarez, “we were scrambling after the Nevada commission made it clear, that Canelo wouldn’t be able to fight on May 5th.”

Within the chaos of finding a new opponent for Golovkin, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down a six month suspension for Alvarez. And while Sanchez doesn’t disagree with the suspension from the governing body, he believes the Commission screwed up by not forcing daily testing on Alvarez when he’s able to apply for licensing in August.

On the subject of a rescheduled rematch with Alvarez, Sanchez was very clear on where he stood.

“We’ve got Vanes Martirosyan in front of us right now, that’s what we’re concentrating on,” Sanchez said on Monday.

“I’m sure Tom Loeffler is on the phone with not only Eric (Gomez), but Oscar (De La Hoya) to try and put together something if everything goes well on the 5th. I think we have to fight the 5th first before we (Golovkin and Sanchez) think about everyone else.”

2. GGG gives Canelo rematch a 10% chance of happening.

Even though the mantra of  Team GGG is “We’re focused on May 5th,” Golovkin took the time this week to once again trash Canelo Alvarez.

As Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya, claiming that he is speaking with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler to make a September 15th rematch, Golovkin is of the opinion it’s not gonna happen.

“I would say it’s about a 10 percent probability at this point that it happens,” Golovkin told Yahoo Sports. “I would say only about 10 percent that it happens.”

When asked why he gives it a 10% chance, Golovkin claimed that number was high.

“I think 10 percent is high; it’s bigger than it should be,” Golovkin said. “I made 99 percent of the concessions for the fight with Canelo on May 5. Ninety-nine percent of them were by me, and now he’s the one not here.”

 

Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy Promotions, told Kevin Iole that “the Golovkin fight is option No. 1 for Canelo, and we’re going to do everything we can to get that fight made.”

“But if Golovkin doesn’t want the fight, we’ll move on and fight a different opponent. Canelo has done everything that has been asked of him and I think he’s proven to the commission and everyone else that he is a clean fighter and these tests were a mistake [and that he ate contaminated meat].

3. Eddie Hearn Claims 70% chance that Wilder-Joshua happens.

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As the contract saga between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder rages on, Eddie Hearn claims “positive conversations” are ongoing between the two camps.

With Wilder’s $50 million offer still on the table, Hearn was asked by Sky Sports on the odds of the fight going down, Hearn claimed it was “70 percent” likely.

“Their side has been very vocal in letting the media know about everything that is happening.

“We’ve had some positive conversations over the past day or so.

Wilder’s $50 million offer, which would be validated by his representative Shelly Finkel, has made the fight “closer” to being a reality, according to Hearn.

“I will go back with some very simple questions, which hopefully they can answer, to put us in a position to know whether it is worth talking,” Hearn said earlier this week.

“We sent them [on Tuesday] night,” Hearn said. “They can’t not answer those questions.

“I believe they want to make the fight.”

4. Harrison’s MMA Debut Opponent Announced

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison announced recently that she would be making her MMA debut at June’s PFL event in Chicago.

Per a report from MMA Fighting, Harrison will face Brittney Elkin on June 21st, at PFL 2. The fight is set to take place at 155 pounds, which is Harrison’s walking around weight.

Harrison rose to prominence in 2012, when she became the first American judoka to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Harrison would add a second  gold at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.  Recently Harrison joined American Top Team, to train at their facility in Coconut Creek, Fla.

Elkin has gone 2-2 om her last four fights, and is coming off a loss to Amanda Bell at Bellator 181 in July 2017.

5. Pacquiao-Matthysse To Be On PPV

Credit: Twitter. Manny Pacquiao

Since the announcement of his fight with Matthysse, there has been a lot of questions regarding the relationship between Pacquiao and not only his trainer Freddie Roach, but with Top Rank head Bob Arum.

Arum and Pacquiao’s management engaged in very public arguments over the Filipino boxers contractual status, and now it seems Arum and Pacquiao have reached a broadcast compromise.

When it comes to where the fight will air, Arum told Boxing Scene that, “we left that decision up to Manny and he wants it to be on pay-per-view.”

And while Pacquiao’s company and Golden Boy Promotions are promoting the event, Top Rank is not distributing this event to America through their relationship with ESPN.

“What we’re going to do on July 14th is we have a linear ESPN show that’s going to precede the pay-per-view and then we’re going to switch to Malaysia and do two championship fights and Pacquiao on pay-per-view,” Arum said.

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