Golovkin is expected to fight a different boxer on pay-per-view on May 5, but nothing has been finalized.
Following consecutive failed drug tests in February, recent “Cuck of the Week” nominee Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has officially withdrawn his name from an upcoming rematch against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The news is devastating, as the rematch was not only likely to be the biggest fight of the year, but would have also provided a definitive outcome following the Draw from their first bout.
The good news is that Golovkin still plans to fight on May 5, even if Canelo isn’t the man standing across the ring from him. A slew of names have been thrown around as potential replacements, including David Lemieux, Billy Joe Saunders and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, but it seems likely that Golovkin may elect to face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan is a gritty fighter who has no problem standing toe to toe and brawling with his opponents. In the midst of a five fight win streak, O’Sullivan picked up the biggest win of his career this past December with a 7th round TKO victory over Antoine Douglas. Spike now finds himself positioned for possibly the biggest fight of his life. The only problem is, Spike doesn’t do too great in big fights.
In his two highest profile fights, O’Sullivan came up short against the likes of Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. Both of those guys were better technical boxers than Spike, and had little trouble picking the brawler apart. Luckily for Spike, he won’t have to worry about the technical prowess of Gennady Golovkin. Instead, unfortunately, he will have to worry about brawling with one of the hardest hitters in the sport.
O’Sullivan excels when he is able to pull opponents into his world, coaxing them out of their gameplan and into a slugging match. Against somebody like Golovkin, that strategy would be like playing with dynamite. If Spike has any chance of winning this bout, he will need to avoid brawling with GGG, a strategy which goes against everything O’Sullivan’s style represents.
Whether O’Sullivan officially becomes Golovkin’s opponent for Cinco de Mayo is still unsure, but what is for certain is that Canelo will not be the guy.