5 Opponents Golovkin Could Fight Instead of Alvarez

5 Opponents Golovkin Could Fight Instead of Alvarez

It is official: The fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is canceled.

Due to two positive drug tests, Canelo Alvarez has bowed out of the May 5 rematch bout against Gennady Golovkin. HBO, however, is still planning to put Golovkin on Pay per View on the said date, except his possible fighting opponent has yet to be determined.

Despite the lack of a solid answer from Golovkin’s promoter, it is expected that an opponent will be named quite soon. At the rate that HBO makes viewers pay to watch the fight ($70), boxing fans are hoping that Golovkin would take on an opponent worth watching. Unfortunately, it seems Jermall Charlo and Danny Jacobs are not options as they already have scheduled fights this month.

Below are five fighters who pose as great potential opponents for Golovkin now that Alvarez is out.

Billy Joe Saunders

A bout with Saunders would make sense if only Saunders was not injured. Golovkin fighting a middleweight belt-holder would be great to see since Saunders holds the only title that Golovkin does not own. However, Saunders was scheduled to fight Martin Murray but then pulled out due to hand injury.

Saunders’ fight has been rescheduled to June, but if he has healed fast, then he could possibly fight Golovkin in May. However, Saunders’ promoter, Frank Warren, has stated that they will not go against Golovkin unless Saunders is 100% healthy.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Derevyanchenko is another possible fighter who is young, unknown, and dangerous. Despite being unknown, Derevyanchenko’s promoter, Lou DiBella, has stated that the fighter is willing and able to fight well against Golovkin in May if needed.

So far, Derevyanchenko has a record of 12-0, and is 32 years old. He already has a number of decent names under his belt such as Sam Soliman, Elvin Ayala, as well as Tureano Johnson. However, a fight against Golovkin is something new, and for Golovkin it might be too risky and not enough reward.

Gilberto Ramirez

Out of the blue, Bob Arum has come out to offer Ramirez to fight against Golovkin. Ramirez is a super middleweight titlist who currently has a 37-0 record with 25 KOs.

The fight, however, may not be so appealing to Golovkin, and he would need to move up in weight. Plus, Ramirez is around 4 inches taller than Golovkin. It does make an interesting matchup that fans might want to watch, plus Ramirez being Mexican makes a Cinco de Mayo match interesting.

Demetrius Andrade

Although Andrade is virtually unknown at the moment, he is one of the most talented boxers on this list. The only problem he is facing is that his career has not really been managed well. Despite the fact that he has a 25-0 record with 16 KOs, his skill has been mostly gone unnoticed by the public.

So far, his biggest win was against Vanes Martirosyan which was in 2013. He has only fought five times since that said fight. If Andrade fought against Golovkin, he will be able to have a big chance to showcase his capabilities and skill. Plus, he has already publicly stated multiple times that he is interested in fighting Golovkin.

Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan

Based on Internet chatter, O’Sullivan is the possible choice. However, he is also the weakest fighter compared to the rest of the fighters in this list. O’Sullivan has a record of 27 victories with 2 defeats, and 19 KOs. Despite this, he only has faced elite fighters two times, and has been defeated. Going against him would be an easy victory for Golovkin. Even if he really is the only legitimate opponent for Golovkin, then there is not much choice. Still, it would be a bit of a letdown for Golovkin.

Maree cartujano
Sports Pundit staff writer
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