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Is It Spike? Or Munguia? Who’s Subbing In For Canelo Against Golovkin?



The fallout from the clenbuterol fiasco still sees dust settling, being that a show must go on, on May 5, in Las Vegas.

The show won’t be a SHOW, because Canelo Alvarez is out, and somebody else will step in to fight Gennady Golovkin at MGM Grand.

Two days ago, word was Spike O’Sullivan was getting the gig. Today, ESPN’s Dan Rafael is reporting…



…that Jaime Munguia (28-0 but not well known to any but the hardcore) is the front runner to fight the Kazakh hitter. That bout is still slated for HBO PPV, as Team GGG has decided to stay the course on that matter.

The Munguia talk was news to the Irishman, O’Sullivan, who has a bit bigger of an imprint in fandom here in the US than does Munguia.

Tom Loeffler heads up the Golovkin promotional side.

“Nobody has been confirmed yet as the potential opponent,” Loeffler told NYF.

But what about what Dan wrote? Dan is usually not wrong…

“Lots of false rumors put there,” Loeffler replied.

So, in other words, dust is still settling…


While dust settles, listen to the Everlast boxing podcast, “Talkbox.”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.