Gennady Golovkin Is Going To Fight On May 5th, With Or Without Canelo Alvarez

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Gennady Golovkin is fighting on May 5th, regardless of what happens to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. The rematch between the two top boxers has been in jeopardy since Canelo tested positive for clenbuterol and blamed the situation on tainted Mexican meat. After a few weeks of confusion, the Nevada State Athletic Commission finally decided to suspend Canelo’s fight license pending a meeting on April 10th, leaving the match in limbo. But as far as Golovkin’s promoter is concerned, the show must go on.

Many expect the NSAC to clear Alvarez after a show hearing, given the fact that they weren’t even going to bother with a hearing until Golovkin complained. But a lot of the businesses surrounding the fight are understandably nervous about the situation and shutting down promotional efforts until the suspension is resolved.

In the event that things go sideways and Canelo gets a suspension that takes him out past Cinco de Mayo, Golovkin could end up facing 26-0 WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders, who absolutely clowned David Lemieux in his last fight. Of course it wouldn’t be boxing if there wasn’t some question as to the ability of the two parties to come to terms. Saunders has made it clear that he won’t just take any deal to come in and save Golovkin’s fight.

“I’m no back-up plan or plan B to anyone, I’m a world champion and I believe that I’m the best in the division,” he told Boxing News Online. “If anything, Golovkin is my back-up plan.”