Gennady Golovkin, denied Canelo rematch, destroys Martirosyan in two

HBO World Championship Boxing Saturday: Golovkin vs. Martirosyan & Braekhus vs. Reis

HBO World Championship Boxing Saturday: Golovkin vs. Martirosyan & Braekhus vs. Reis

Instead of fighting Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, Gennady Golovkin was going to face Vanes Martirosyan at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

After the cancellation of the highly anticipated super fight rematch against Canelo Alvarez, unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin was adamant that he would still return to the ring on Cinco de Mayo. Golovkin's two fights in 2017 - a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs and a controversial split draw against Alvarez last September- both went the distance, snapping Golovkin's 23-fight knockout streak that started in 2008.

Late replacement fights are very unsafe because neither opponent is really ready to fight their opponent's style, they spend the majority of training camp focusing on a gameplan for another opponent but then the opponent either pulls out due to injury or a positive drug test.

The IBF has behaved the most foolishly, refusing to put its title on the line for Martirosyan and then declaring Golovkin will be stripped if he doesn't take on mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko - a 32-year-old Ukrainian with a paltry 12 professional bouts - by early August.

Originally Golovkin had a re-match against the Mexican boxer Soulja Alvarez, the first battle which ended in a draw. The fight was over at 1:53 of the second round. I want to have as many fights as possible.

Golovkin, angry at Alvarez for what he believes was the intentional use of performance-enhancing drugs, came out with something to prove against Vanes Martirosyan, who was signed to replace Alvarez.

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Golovkin, nicknamed Triple G, is the current WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion.

Here's a look at where Gennady Golovkin (last 14 fights) ranks among CompuBox Categorical Leaders: 10.4 landed jabs per round (#1 & double middle. avg.); 33.5% jabs connect pct.

However, the second round was one way traffic, as Golovkin unleashed a succession of rapid fire punches. I've never been hit that hard in my life.

It means the undefeated "GGG" not only retains his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation, and International Boxing Organization middleweight titles but also equaled Bernard Hopkins' record of 20 straight middleweight title defenses.

"Everybody want second fight, second step. Golovkin can not be careless going into this fight but no matter how it plays out he is sure to produce fireworks that will have fans on the edge-of-their-seats". "Vanes is a very good fighter. Come take my belts now". "Whenever there was a catchweight in my career, I always did better". He is hardly alone on the list of Golovkin opponents to have felt this. "Let's clean the division out". When we got the call for the fight they asked me if I could be 176 (pounds a few days later) and I weighed in that day at 174 or 175 (for a WBC weight check).

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