The prospect of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan fighting Gennady Golovkin is moving ever closer, but the wait still goes on.
Speculation has been mounting for some time that the Cork boxer could step in to replace Saul Canelo Alvarez if the latter’s doping ban was extended – and with confirmation on Tuesday night that Alvarez has withdrawn from the proposed rematch as the ban looms large, Golovkin has been left without an opponent.
Taking to his Instagram page on Wednesday night to directly address the speculation, Spike confirmed that he personally has agreed to a May 5th bout with the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion – but, for now, talks are ongoing:
For what it’s worth, the World Boxing Council tweeted on Tuesday night that Spike v GGG was a “big probability,” but also suggested some alternatives should the bout not come to fruition.
GGG VS Canelo has been cancelled and there are big probabilities that Gary O’Sullivan will be facing Golovkin now.
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) April 3, 2018
Golovkin himself has yet to hint who he might be facing one way or the other, but did confirm that, despite Canelo’s withdrawal, he still has every intention of defending his belts in the Las Vegas fight next month.
I will be defending my titles on Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas!
Official announcement coming soon! pic.twitter.com/ewsXojzBdv
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) April 3, 2018