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Canelo hit with six-month suspension

Canelo hit with six-month suspension

Gennady Golovkin will fight Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 following Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's withdrawal earlier this month in the wake of two positive tests for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Working out the logistics was hard, but GGG will get his wish.

But the show will go on and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), who has trained through the uncertainty of whether he would fight, couldn't be happier.

Per Rafael, the sanctioning body does have a rule allowing Golovkin to seek an exception to a mandatory fight, but the IBF seems to be dead set against giving Martirosyan a shot at their title.

"Vanes hasn't been active, but he had been looking for a fight", Loeffler said in an interview with Yahoo Sports.

Speaking via press release, Golovkin says that his concentration is now focused on Martirosyan.




But there is still a scramble on to get some sort of opponent for Golovkin on May 5th in California. "I can't wait to unleash him". Canelo looks forward to returning to the ring in September for Mexican Independence Day weekend to represent Mexico and boxing in what will be the sport's biggest event of the year.

"Vanes Martirosyan brings a passionate Armenian fan base from nearby Glendale and an aggressive style of fighting", Loeffler said.

"He's been training and he's interested in fighting Triple-G".

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.

A native of Abovyan, Armenia, who fights out of Glendale, Calif., Martirosyan's resume boasts NABF, NABO, WBO Inter-Continental, WBA International and WBC Silver championship victories against the likes of former world champions Ishe Smith and Kassim Ouma, as well as a draw against Erislandy Lara. In October 2014, he destroyed Marco Antonio Rubio there in the second round before a stadium record-crowd of 9,323.

"We are adding extra bleachers to accommodate the demand from Gennady's fans".

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