Commission approves six-month suspension for Alvarez

Gennady Golovkin to fight Vanes Martirosyan on 5 May in Los Angeles

Gennady Golovkin to fight Vanes Martirosyan on 5 May in Los Angeles

It was also announced Wednesday that Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO's) will fight former 154-pound world title contender Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KO's) on Cinco De Mayo at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The suspension should come with a "save-the-date" note because it means that Alvarez will be eligible to fight again after August 17, six months after the date of his first positive test.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada boxing regulators gave Canelo Alvarez a reduced penalty for doping violations Wednesday, potentially allowing him to return to the ring in September against Gennady Golovkin.

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin seem to be headed to a delayed rematch of their September 2017 fight.

Golovkin had originally been scheduled to defend his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight titles on May 5 in a rematch against Saul "Canelo "Alvarez, in the biggest and most-anticipated event on the 2018 boxing calendar".

Golovkin will now face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 at StubHub Center in Los Angeles. "He's been training and he's interested in fighting GGG". I respect this sport.

"Vanes Martirosyan is now the most important fight of my career". "And I hope to see him fighting in Nevada soon".

But with that fight likely to go on pay-per-view in America, they would not want to clash with Alvarez against Golovkin which would be a big sell on HBO PPV. "I will always be a clean fighter".

Torres sent a letter on Tuesday to Gennady Golovkin's attorney Ron DiNicola, and Alex Dombroff, the attorney for promoter Lou DiBella, promoter of IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko, outlining the reasons for the IBF's refusal the grant approval for Golovkin-Martirosyan, a source with knowledge of the letter told ESPN.

Armenian-American Martirosyan usually fights at light middleweight and has lost both of his title bouts at that level - to Demetrius Andrade in 2013 and Erislandy Lara in 2016.

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