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Frustrated Golovkin struggling to book Canelo replacement

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin

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This Sept. 17, 2017, file photo shows Canelo Alvarez, right, fighting Gennady Golovkin during a middleweight title fight in Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES — Gennady Golovkin is growing frustrated with boxing's sanctioning bodies while he struggles to find a replacement opponent for Canelo Alvarez on May 5.

Golovkin and his promoter and trainer appeared in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to announce they still haven't found a suitable replacement, and time is running out.

The unbeaten middleweight champion's rematch with Alvarez in Las Vegas fell through after the Mexican star failed a doping test in February and finally withdrew from the bout last week.

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is still in training for a fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, but he doesn't appear to be much closer to finding a suitable opponent for what would be his 20th defense of his 160-pound titles.