May 5 GGG Fight WILL NOT Be In Las Vegas; Derevyanchenko Hopes To Get The Slot



May 5 GGG Fight WILL NOT Be In Las Vegas; Derevyanchenko Hopes To Get The Slot

LATE WEDNESDAY UPDATE: You can scratch off Las Vegas as the site for a May 5 Gennady Golovkin fight.

Nevada commission executive director Bob Bennett told NYF that he was told by GGG promoter Tom Loeffler that the May 5 GGG fight is NOT going to be in Las Vegas.

I asked, point blank, has Loeffler made it clear that GGG vs TBA is not going to be in Nevada?

“Yes,” Bennett said.

So, looks like we may be a step closer to outright cancellation, as Keith Idec

…has written.

Just in case Team GGG wants to switch up the mood, change the vibe, they could book MSG May 5, it's open, a helpful friend alerted me. Oh, and Barclays Center is open May 19, if they wanted to move off the (cursed?) May 5 destination.


The march of uncertainty toward…toward a May 5 date…toward a card cancellation…toward a card shifted to CA instead of Vegas…toward we just don't know what went another day, and we didn't get all that much more clarity.

We saw chatter that said that people could cancel their flights and hotel rooms booked for Vegas because Triple G wouldn't be gloving up their May 5. A request or deny sent to GGG promoter Tom Loeffler wasn't answered at time of publication, so that's up in the air still.

Yesterday, we heard that a Vanes Martirosyan v GGG fight was turned down by like all the people in power…

…but today Vanes said that some parties were open to it..

..just the IBF wasn't, so why not book it, him vs GGG for all but the IBF belt up for grabs?

Fans didn't seem to warm to GGG fighting a 154, so I'm not thinking Vanes has much luck with his stiff lobbying campaign.

Promoter Lou DiBella is still hoping that his Russian 160, rated No. 1 by the IBF, will get a phone call and a decent offer to fight GGG.

As far as decent offers go, word came out of the Golden Boy offices that the Team Golovkin offer to Spike O'Sullivan wasn't up to par, and thus Spike would be going in another direction, and that isn't a ring with GGG. How low, we want to know? I asked Eric Gomez of GBP and await his reply.

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