Refunds are Being Offered for Canelo-Golovkin Rematch
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 29, 2018
Anyone who doubts #CaneloGGG2 isn't in legitimate serious jeopardy of being canceled due to Canelo's 2 failed PED tests I offer just one exhibit: HBO didn't use its Saturday fight telecast to promote the PPV & left it off it's upcoming calendar of events. This is serious, folks.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) March 25, 2018
Those wondering how much of an impact Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s temporary suspension would have on his highly anticipated rematch with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin may have gotten a rude awakening. On Wednesday it was reported to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that MGM Resorts International would be offering refunds for fans that have already purchased tickets to attend the Canelo-Golovkin rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fate of the bout remains in the hands of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The NSAC will hold a meeting on April 10 to decide how they will proceed with Alvarez. The young Mexican champion tested positive last month for the banned substance clenbuterol. Clenbuterol has its share of controversy in Mexico. Fighters having tested positive for the drug in the past due to the substance being used in a significant portion of the meat in the country.
If Alvarez is suspended by the NSAC on April 10, it will cause a significant disruption in the boxing community. Alvarez will likely have to wait out his suspension before he steps back in the ring. Golovkin, on the other hand, will fight on the scheduled May 5th date. There are a few options available for Golovkin should he need a new opponent. Former foe Daniel Jacobs has a scheduled bout with Maciej Sulecki on April 28th that will be featured on HBO. WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has a fight scheduled to take place in June against former middleweight contender Martin Murray. It is unclear if either man will be able and willing to drop their current opponents to face Golovkin. Former 154-pound champion Demetrius Andrade has also publicly put his name on the ballot, as a willing opponent to step in for Alvarez should he get suspended.
Regardless of the number of rumors that will come out before April 10th, the fate of Canelo-Golovkin II is in the hands of the NSAC. Until then it will be a waiting game for fans to find out what they will be doing on May 5th.
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