Is the writing on the wall?
Or, on the wall of the Twitter feed of Vanes Martirosyan, the 154 pound vet who’s craving a clash on May 5, versus Gennady Golovkin, who lost a dance partner when Canelo Alvarez got popped for PED usage…
The CA based boxer, who owns a 36-3-1 mark, last gloved up in May of 2016, against Erislandy Lara, the Cuban cutie who just got the worst of it versus Jarrett Hurd two weeks ago.
Martirosyan had some promotional issues and also trouble locking down bouts, but he’s been in with some solid hitters. Kassim Ouma, he handled him, back in 2010, and then VM lost to Demetrius Andrade (2013), Jermell Charlo (2015) and Lara. But he’s been talking a mean Twitter game, throwing barbs at writers and anyone piping up, and opining that he’s not a proper test for GGG.
Check out how he’s talking/Tweeting here. Sure seems like he’s thinking he has this fight locked down, doesn’t it? “We gonna shock the world!” He’s not talking about winning a wing eating contest, OK?
I messaged GGG promoter Tom Loeffler, to get a confirm or deny, on GGG vs Martirosyan May 5. “Nothing is finalized yet,” Loeffler said, Sunday night.
Can Vanes hang with GGG, being that he’s a 154, and isn’t a murderous puncher at 154, let alone 160? There is no shortage of pundits that think he has no chance and GGG will filet the Armenian born boxer. Me, I am not thinking this is a demolition job the likes of which many are predicting. Vanes is crafty, has skills, hasn’t been stopped out, and may be fresher of body than GGG. If he captures the lightning in a bottle…well, boxing has seen stranger things than a Vanes upset. He will, er, would be a heavy underdog, and the script will be unlikely to be flipped…but I’ve lived long enough to know you never know til you see it play out, in full.
Now, where does that lead Sergey Derevyanchenko?
The IBF’s No. 1 rated contender thinks he should be gloving up against GGG May 5, because GGG should be attending to his IBF mandatory. The GGG people don’t agree, and think that GGG’s mandatory schedule has been adhered to correctly. Since this hasn’t been sorted, and the IBF has been deliberating for weeks now, my guess would be that Vanes gets the May 5 reset date and the IBF looks to play by their rule book, and see the wisdom of the Derevyanchenko logic. That would mean the IBF would strip the IBF title off GGG and order a fight for the orphaned crown by their top two contenders. As of now, that’s No. 1 Derevyanchenko, and since No. 2 slot is empty, No. 3 Danny Jacobs.