Gennady Golovkin v Vanes Martirosyan Announced For May 5th, California

Laverne Mann
April 20, 2018

His rematch with Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) set for May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas had already been postponed. Alvarez held a news conference earlier this month and explained how tainted meat is the reason he can't fight Golovkin next month.

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez slugged out one of the most entertaining fights in recent memory in their drawn middleweight unification bout last September but some of the joy of the memories of that night have been blackened by recent events.

The suspension is back-dated to February 17, the date of Alvarez's first positive test.

"Of course, like everybody said, he's huge Mexican star", Golovkin told reporters in Los Angeles last week.

But with so little time to properly prepare for a world title fight, opponent options are slim and the fighter's team does not want to be pushed into a situation where their guy has to fight a high-level opponent without the chance to properly prepare. "I will always be a clean fighter".

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"All the controversy around it is going to make a much bigger promotion whenever the fight does happen".

The unanimous decision Wednesday by five members of the commission came quickly, according to ESPN.

The standard punishment for first-time offenders in Nevada is a year-long ban, but commission rules allow this to be halved should the athlete cooperate with their investigation. The suspension back-dates from his first failed drug test which was on February 17. Though the fight is not official, Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler and Martirosyan's promoter Don King are reportedly close to finalizing a deal while the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), WBA and WBC have all sanctioned the fight.

The former two-weight world champion, and current lineal champion, recently pulled out of a high-profile rematch with Gennady Golovkin following a positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol. He would later cite meat contamination in his homeland as the cause of the results.

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