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Canelo Alvarez Vs. Gennady Golovkin Is Canceled: Here Are 5 Opponents GGG Could Fight Instead

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Now that Canelo Alvarez has backed out of his May 5 rematch vs. Gennady Golovkin because of two positive drug tests, HBO is still planning to put Golovkin on PPV on that date fighting an opponent yet to be determined. Though Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, didn’t immediately return a text message to Forbes asking about a timetable to reveal Alvarez’s replacement, an opponent will have to be named soon.

Assuming Golovkin still fights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which has a capacity of more than 20,000 for boxing, and assuming HBO does make viewers pay $70 to watch the fight, boxing fans would hope Golovkin would take on a credible opponent. And it appears Danny Jacobs and Jermall Charlo, both of whom have fights scheduled this month, probably aren’t in play.

Sure, it’s not Golovkin’s fault that he can’t fight Alvarez and try to match the $27.06 million gate—the third-highest in history—or the 1.3 million PPV buys the first event generated. But it’d be nice if he and his team could make a deal with somebody legitimate, even if it is on short notice.

Here are five potential opponents Golovkin could face now that Alvarez is officially out.

Demetrius Andrade: Though Andrade doesn’t have much name recognition, he might be the most talented boxer on this list. His career hasn’t been managed well, and even though he’s 25-0 with 16 KOs, he and his immense skill have been mostly ignored by the general public. His biggest win probably came against Vanes Martirosyan in 2013, but he’s only fought five times since then. And his last outing vs. Alantez Fox that was shown on HBO was a dull fight that didn’t showcase the best Andrade has to offer. Andrade couldn’t ask for a better chance to make himself into a star with a good showing vs. Golovkin. And oh yeah, Andrade has publicly stated multiple times that he’s interested.


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