Golovkin Drops Martirosyan In Second

Credit Marcelino Castillo

Credit Marcelino Castillo

Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin returns to the boxing ring this Saturday night to face Vanes Martirosyan for the WBA, WBC and IBO Middleweight titles.

Since desperate times call for desperate measures, Loeffler was able to quickly make a deal with Martirosyan promoter Don King, with the fight being moved to regular HBO and the StubHub Center.

Because of a pair of failed drug tests, Alvarez was forced to withdraw from his mega-Cinco de Mayo rematch in Las Vegas with Gennady Golovkin. Most ringside observers felt Golovkin should have won by close decision, but the fight was too close to vehemently complain that the fight was ruled a draw.

Golovkin said after the fight he would take on all comers, including Alvarez.

A member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, Martirosyan fell to 36-4-1 in a 13-year pro career.

"There is a question mark about whether there will be a fight in September or not", Golovkin told ESPN.

Martirosyan, who received the call-up on April 18 to step in for Mexican Canelo, landed a solid three punch comination towards the end of the first round, momentarily rocking Golovkin.

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Although Golovkin middleweight belts include the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation versions of the title, only the WBA and WBC belts will be on the line on Saturday.

The Golovkin-Martirosyan was certainly not in the same class as a Golovkin-Canelo fight. "It was the hardest I have ever been hit".

SATURDAY: Middleweight champ @GGGBoxing takes on @VanesBoxing for his record-tying 20th title defense.

Martirosyan has been known to do better than expected in big fights, but fighting a current top five pound for pound boxer after not competing for two years will be a tall task to overcome.

The champion bounced right up and appeared more surprised than hurt, but the bout was surely more competitive down the stretch. Now it seems every middleweight in the world wants to fight him.

Yes, the man who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday will receive a bumper pay-day for doing the honourable thing by the sport and providing Golovkin with an opponent but some things aren't worth the cash and in GGG he'll face a bear with a sore head. "I have a lot of belts. Come take my belts now". One week before the fight we came in at 167 so we are in shape and we are good to go. The Nevada state athletic commission, which had jurisdiction over the contest, suspended Alvarez until 17 August, clearing the way for a September rematch.

Braekhus, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO title belts, was a 97-92 victor on one official scorecard and a 96-93 victor on the other two in spite of suffering the first knockdown of her pro career in the seventh round. "Let's clean out the division". He caught me a few times in the first round.

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