GGG VS Vanes

HBO could only offer GGG VS Vanes  a significantly reduced license fee, which meant that because of Alvarez’s failure, Golovkin would have to accept a greatly reduced purse. In addition, there was limited money available to land a significant opponent.

Loeffler finally settled on Vanes , who has primarily fought as a super welterweight and who hasn’t fought at all since losing a decision to Erislandy Lara on May 21, 2016.

“Vanes hasn’t been active, but he had been looking for a fight,” Loeffler told Yahoo Sports. “He’s been training and he’s interested in fighting Triple-G. We all would rather be getting ready for the fight with Canelo, but there is nothing we could do about that. Vanes dropped [Demetrius] Andrade; he lost a close decision to [Jermell] Charlo that a lot of people thought he won and he lost a competitive fight with Lara.”

Promoter Lou DiBella had been pushing Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who is ranked No. 1 in the IBF. The IBF has threatened to strip GGG of the belt if he doesn’t fight Derevyanchenko, though they’d given Golovkin an exception when he was going to fight Alvarez.

Golovkin does not want to lose the belt, but a Martirosyan bout on short notice is more marketable, Loeffler believes, than one with Derevyanchenko, who is 12-0 with 10 knockouts.

“Derevyanchenko hasn’t fought nearly the competition that a guy like Vanes has fought,” Loeffler said. “Now, I’m not saying Vanes would be the best opponent if we had a lot of guys to choose from. He wouldn’t be our top choice. But under the circumstances, he’s local in L.A., from Glendale, has a strong fan base in the area and was a very outstanding amateur. He was in the same Olympics, in 2004, where Triple-G won a silver medal.

“He’s not the ideal opponent, but he’s not the worst, which is what I’ve heard some people say.”

When Alvarez pulled out, Loeffler wanted to keep the fight in Las Vegas, and obtained a date at the MGM Grand Garden, across the street from T-Mobile Arena where the Alvarez fight was to be held.

But when Loeffler was unable to quickly land an opponent, the MGM Grand felt there wasn’t enough time to properly market the bout and withdrew. That led Loeffler to StubHub, where Golovkin set the attendance record for a boxing event at 9,323, in an Oct. 18, 2014, second-round knockout victory over Marco Antonio Rubio.

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