News | Apr 05 2018

EXCLUSIVE Gennady Golovkin v Billy Joe Saunders now in play for September

Frank Warren reveals that an official offer has been made to Gennady Golovkin to fight Billy Joe Saunders, but it won't happen until September
Billy Joe Saunders
Boxing - Billy Joe Saunders & Willie Monroe Jr Press Conference  |  Action Images/Reuters/Tony O'Brien

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS could fight Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight unification showdown in September, the WBO middleweight champion’s promoter Frank Warren has revealed.

In a conversation with Boxing News, Warren confirmed that Gennady Golovkin and his promoter Tom Loeffler are open to taking on Saunders in September, but had rejected his offer of a bout with Billy Joe Saunders in June. This is because the WBA, IBF and WBC king will fight in Las Vegas on May 5 against an opponent to be decided, with Spike O’Sullivan the current favourite to step in following Canelo Alvarez’s withdrawal.

Alvarez this week pulled out of the bout as he struggles to clear his name after clenbuterol was found in his system during two failed drug tests in February. An April 18 hearing was to be carried out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and Alvarez insists the illegal substance was found in his bloodstream as a consequence of contaminated meat eaten in his native Mexico which has been the go-to excuse for athletes caught out in recent years.