Gennady Golovkin will fight on May 5, with or without Canelo Alvarez.
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO's), 27, the lineal 160-pound champion, tested positive for trace amounts of the banned substance clenbuterol in random urine tests conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. As a result, Canelo was temporarily suspended by the commission pending an April 10 hearing.
Alvarez blamed the positive tests on contaminated beef, which has been an issue in Mexico for years. Ranchers have been known to use Clenbuterol in their feed, even though it is banned.
In 2016, Mexican authorities inspected 200 slaughterhouses and found Clenbuterol in livestock at 58 of them (29 percent). The World Anti-Doping Agency also issued a warning for athletes in 2011 to "exercise extreme caution" when consuming meat in China or Mexico.
Based on information provided to FightNights.com, I have reason to believe the rematch will not be held on May 5.
At least one fighter has offered to fill in for Canelo, one who has repeatedly called out Golovkin.
Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KO’s), 29, of Providence, Rhode Island, is coming off a one-sided decision victory over Alantez Fox in October.
“There’s no better time [to make this fight with Golovkin],” Andrade told FightNights.com in November. “Of course, they [Team Golovkin] have to look at the risk factor on their end, but also the war factor when fighting somebody like Demetrius Andrade.
“From my standpoint, this will catapult right up to where I need to be – and that’s a superstar, a megastar, and only a few people can get me there in that position, and he’s one of them.”
Both fighters were standout amateurs. Andrade represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and won the U.S. national championships and Golden Gloves twice each. Meanwhile, Golovkin collected a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and also earned gold medals at the 2003 World Championships, the 2002 Asian Games, and the 2004 Asian Championships.
Andrade is a world-class talent, but poor decisions in terms of managing his career have set him back. In 2015, he was stripped of his junior middleweight title after he was inactive for 16 months.
Aside from his mistakes, which hopefully he has learned from, Andrade deserves a fight with Triple-G.
On the other foot Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s), 35, a Kazakhstan native based in Los Angeles, has also talked about unifying the middleweight division for years, and a victory over WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders would make that dream become a reality.
And certainly, Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO's), 31, a former 160-pound champion from New York, is more than deserving of getting a second crack at Golovkin after giving him the toughest fight of his career last March.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KO's), a 32-year-old who represented Ukraine in the 2008 Olympics, would also be a formidable test for Golovkin. Derevyanchenko is not well known, but has underrated skills. He is coming off six consecutive knockouts, including a second-round TKO over former middleweight titleholder Sam Soliman in July 2016, and a 12th-round stoppage of former world title contender Tureano Johnson last August