Gennady Golovkin Crushes Opponent In 2nd Round For 20th Consecutive Title Defence

08 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Gennady Golovkin equalled the 20 successful title defences of middleweight great Bernard Hopkins after crushing replacement challenger Vanes Martirosyan.

Martirosyan was filling in for Alvarez, who had been pulled from the GGG rematch after failing a Nevada State Athletic Commission test. Unfortunately, their megafight was scrapped after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol (courtesy of ESPN) in early March. "Knowing that and knowing other things about the other side there is a question mark about whether there will be a fight in September or not".

This was Canelo Alvarez's crowd.

Golovkin ended the fight with a vicious series of right and left combinations that floored the heavy underdog Martirosyan, who appeared doomed from the outset of the hastily arranged fight at the StubHub Center.

Golovkin fought at StubHub Center for the first time since he knocked out Mexico's Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round of their October 2014 bout.

"I wanted to remain active, and I didn't want to lose my date for this particular fight", Golovkin said.

"I would say it's about a 10 percent probability at this point that it happens". I want to have as many fights as possible. Alvarez and the rest of the boxing world will be watching to see how Golovkin performs this Saturday with all those factors weighing on his mind. The Cinco de Mayo date was supposed to stage his rematch with Canelo Alvarez after their first encounter in September a year ago ended in a controversial draw.

In the end, the rematch with Alvarez is probably too big of a fight - and too big of an opportunity - for Triple G to refuse. That doesn't sit well with Golovkin for one very important reason.

Still, there are many reasons why Golovkin-Canelo rematch [VIDEO] should push through.

With Canelo out, Golovkin began the search for a fighter who would agree to be in.

"I have been counted out before and I have shined", Martirosyan said. "This is not a war". He is hardly alone on the list of Golovkin opponents to have felt this.

Golovkin and Martirosyan both competed at the Athens Olympics in different weight classes, but Martirosyan hasn't fought since May 2016 after several recent potential matchups fell through.

The fight's promoters billed it as a record-tying 20th defense, but the WBA title that Golovkin won in 2010 was that organization's second-tier belt. "Basically you're waiting at home watching TV, and you've got a lottery ticket, and I was just so happy to get the call". She has heen the welterweight world champion for the past nine years. Canelo's suspension carries with it a 6 month ban from boxing in sanctioned bouts.

BC-BOX-Golovkin-Martirosyan, 353 Golovkin makes short work of Martirosyan with 2nd round KOEds: APNewsNow.

However, once Golovkin's mind was made up, that was that. The veteran boxing writer said WBC light middleweight champ Jermell Charlo and WBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders are seriously being considered.

The pair had become as well-known for their pre-match dust-ups and verbal taunts as their boxing but there was no denying the comprehensive manner of Bellew's second successive victory over the 37-year-old Haye.



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