Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler arrived at a downtown Los Angeles steakhouse on Thursday afternoon for a short-notice news conference scheduled only hours earlier.
The expectation was that they would announce Golovkin’s opponent for May 5 on HBO at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, in place of the suspended Canelo Alvarez, whom GGG was supposed fight in a much-anticipated rematch the same night on HBO PPV at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
So the big announcement was — nothing.
“There is no announcement,” Loeffler said. “There has been so much speculation in the press, what opponent, what venue. Because there is so much speculation, Gennady wanted to come down here and sit in front of you and give you an update and say he wants to fight on May 5. Gennady has been sparring and he wants to fight May 5. There have been a lot of challenges, we’ve gone through a lot of names, stuff with the sanctioning bodies.
“I have been in touch with them sorting out an amicable solution for everyone while not denying GGG the opportunity to fight May 5. … Nothing is finalized.”
Although no opponent was announced, Loeffler has not made it a secret that he’s working to close a deal with promoter Don King for his fighter, Vanes Martirosyan, to be Golovkin’s opponent in what would be a massive step down in competition for GGG and in fan anticipation.
Loeffler also said no venue has been set though he said three venues are interested in hosting the fight: StubHub Center, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden in New York.
Loeffler has not yet been able to finalize Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), 31, a 2004 U.S. Olympian from Glendale, California, in part because of the obstacles he faces with the IBF.
Article courtesy of ESPN