Alvarez was supposed to face Golovkin for his unified middleweight title next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but the fight was called off after the commission issued a complaint against Alvarez for testing positive to the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico.
That's not Golvkin's fault, and he's grabbed a new opponent for Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Alvarez blamed contaminated beef in Mexico for his positive test and vowed to plead his case before the commission.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was suspended for six months Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the Nevada State Athletic Commission stemming from two failed drug tests in February, but we already know when he will get back to boxing.
The suspension has been backdated to February 17 - the date of his first failed test - meaning he can return to the ring as early as mid-August. Recent reports suggest that Vanes Martirosyan- a natural junior middleweight who has been inactive for almost two years- is now the focus of Team Golovkin.
"All the controversy around it is going to make a much bigger promotion whenever the fight does happen". Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler knows of the IBF's letter, and told ESPN that Golovkin plans to fight May 5th, and will be seeking the exception.
"And I hope to see him fighting in Nevada soon". Vanes Martirosyan brings a passionate Armenian fan base from nearby Glendale and an aggressive style of fighting. "That's the fight that GGG wants".
The bout was confirmed by HBO Boxing, which will air the event. "When they asked me if I'd take this fight, I said yes". 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. I have a lot of Mexican fans.