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Spike set for huge Vegas fight?

Wednesday, 28th March, 2018 5:15pm

Cork's Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan could be set for a massive bout with renowned middleweight Gennady Golovkin, should his rematch with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fall through.

The Mahon native is being considered as a replacement for Canelo after the Mexican middleweight star failed a drugs test earlier this month with traces of clenbuterol appearing in a sample. Canelo and his team have claimed the positive test is as a result of contaminated beef from Canelo's native country.

Golovokin currently holds the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles and is considered to be one of the best active boxers in any weight division in the world.

Canelo and Golovkin were set to face each other in the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 5 May and it was initally understood that the lucrative bout would go ahead. However Canelo was subsequently temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and is set for a hearing on 10 April.

Should Canelo receive a ban, O'Sullivan looks likely to fill his boots, in what would be the fight of a lifetime.The middleweight boxer all but confirmed recently that there are plans in place for him to fight Canelo in September. Should the May fight between O'Sullivan and Golovkin come to fruition, the WBC, WBA and IBF World middleweight titles would be on the line.

However, it is understood that chances of Canelo's suspension being upheld are slim with multiple fighters having previous been cleared of sanctions by USADA after they were found to have slight traces of clenbuterol in their systems consistent with contaminated meat.

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