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Spike O’Sullivan possible as Canelo replacement

Spike O’Sullivan could step in to face Gennady Golovkin on May 5.

PBC on NBCSN: Gary O'Sullivan vs. David Toribio Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Canelo Alvarez’s status for May 5 still very much up in the air, and seemingly looking less and less likely that he’ll fight Gennady Golovkin by the day, there is plenty of talk about whom Golovkin would face.

GGG promoter Tom Loeffler tells ESPN that Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO) does indeed intend to keep the fight date, and Dan Rafael says that Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan is a potential replacement:

“We’re waiting for the official decision from the commission, but GGG is training and preparing for May 5 and that’s what he wants to do — fight May 5,” Loeffler told ESPN. “Naturally, Canelo is the top priority and if for some reason Canelo is not available, we’ll have to weigh all the options at that point. But as of right now we’re waiting to get more direction from the commission.”

One potential replacement opponent is fringe contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs), 33, of Ireland, who probably was going to fight on May 4 on Golden Boy’s ESPN card in Las Vegas.

Whatever happens, it’s all going to come together very quickly for GGG to keep the May 5 date. Canelo’s hearing with the Nevada commission is set for April 18, but ESPN also reports that it could still happen on April 10 if Alvarez prefers. So you’re talking a couple of weeks to put together a new fight.

Other candidates include WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders and former 154-pound titleholder Demetrius Andrade. O’Sullivan may simply be the easiest to get on such short notice, and for the “right” money, however.

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