The much anticipated rematch between Ring Magazine middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Mexico and Kazakhstan's WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is in jeopardy sources have reported.
The fight is scheduled to take place Saturday May 5th live on HBO Pay Per View at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, sight of the first fight as Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw last September.
Canelo was suspended last week by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and is scheduled to appear for a hearing April 10th as he failed two test and tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol earlier this month. Canelo and his team issued a statement that the traces were due to contaminated meat in which there have been multiple confirmed cases in Mexico.
T-Mobile Arena is offering refunds for those who purchased tickets according to MGM Grand officials.
A close source says that the fight is off and rematch will be rescheduled for September. As far as Golovkin and possible plan B. Golovkin has previously expressed his desire to unify all belts but for WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Sanders (26-0, 12 KOs) of England to step in with a one month preparation makes it unlilkely. Sanders is coming off a unanimous decision over former champion David Lemieux and is scheduled to take on Martin Murray in late June.
A more likely potential replacement is Gary O'Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) of Ireland as he was mentioned to headline May 4th on ESPN in Las Vegas, on the eve of the Canelo GGG rematch. Prior to the rematch being announced, O'Sullivan was in talks with team Golovkin for a potential fight. For now we'll have to wait and see on what developes. More info to come.
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