With the May 5 rematch between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin 37-0-1 (33) and Canelo Alvarez 49-1-2 (34) dead in the water after the Mexican star’s two failed drug tests, promoter Frank Warren has stepped up to the plate to offer to make a fight between the Kazakh bomber and WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders 26-0 (12).
“Golovkin has always said that he wants to get the last middleweight belt he doesn’t hold yet by fighting Billy Joe. This is the chance for both of them,” Warren was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
Saunders is currently scheduled to face fellow Brit Martin Murray 36-4-1 (17) on June 23 at London’s O2 Arena but Warren says that the 28-year-old southpaw titleholder could be ready before that.
“That was the only date in June available at that arena,” Warren said of the Murray match-up. “Although Billy Joe can’t recover in time for May 5, he could go as early as the first or second Saturday in June.
“I am making a huge offer for Gennady to come to a football ground in London. Otherwise we are just as happy to go to Las Vegas, where Golovkin is keen to headline for the first time in his career.”
Golovkin has already stated he wants to keep the May 5 date, which coincides with the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo and has become synonymous with boxing ever since Oscar De La Hoya and Top Rank took a mortgage out on the date in the late 1990s.
“The T-Mobile Area in Vegas are already refunding the high-price tickets for Canelo-Golovkin. Their problem now is that the date coincides with a Mexican national holiday and most of those expensive seats have been taken by the thousands who come across the southern border to celebrate.
“It might be wiser for Gennady to take a slightly smaller arena in June and fill it with Billy Joe, who really believes he has a great chance of winning that fight.”