Martirosyan Rumored For GGG On May 5th
It seems that there finally may be an opponent for Gennady Golovkin on May 5th.
Per a report from The RING, a deal is close for Golovkin to face Vanes Martirosyan at StubHub Center in Carson, California, Golovkin will defend his middleweight titles on HBO, not HBO Pay-Per-View, following Canelo Alvarez pulling out of the fight due to issues stemming from two failed drug tests.
On Thursday, in Los Angeles, one day after potential opponent Spike O’Sullivan ended negotiations with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler, Loeffler held an I mpromptu press gathering at The Palms Restaurant to assure the gathered media that he and his team were still targeting Cinco De Mayo as a fight date.
“Nothing is finalized, but there have been a lot of rumors about what will happen on May 5, media members have been calling me non-stop for updates,“ Loeffler said on Thursday.
“I’m still in Big Bear, working hard every day,” Golovkin said during the press luncheon. “I feel great. I ask Tom every day, ‘Please, I just want to fight.’ This is a crazy situation in boxing, not just for me but for everyone. It would be terrible if there was no fight on May 5.
“I like this sport. I like fighting. I want to get back to fighting four times a year. If I fight that many times, I can fight my mandatory, I can fight regular fighters, not the big names, but good fighters, and I can fight the big names. I just want to fight.”
Loeffler claimed that in addition to StubHub Center in Carson California, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden are willing to host the fight if it does happen.
“I want to apologize to the fans if the fight does not wind up in Las Vegas, but things have happened that are beyond our control,” Loeffler said.
“It would be patently unfair if he didn’t fight because Canelo was suspended. If the fight happens on May 5, HBO has pledged their full support to televise the show, and it would be the first time Gennady has fought on regular HBO since his defense against Kell Brook.
Martirosyan, who has been campaigning for the spot this past week on social media, appears to be the most recent front runner, but Loeffler said there are other names being considered.
“Vanes, for a number of reasons, makes sense. He’s here in L.A., he’s got a name, and he’s willing to do it,” Loeffler said, but he was quick to reiterate that there’s “no fight done yet.”
Original Story: The RING