Golovkin knocks out Martirosyan

Grant SmithMay 06, 2018

Gennady "GGG" Golovkin is uncertain if he will get a rematch against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September, according to ESPN.

With all the concessions he says his side is making, it's hard to see if a September fight happens. In the meantime, will Golovkin go to 38-0-1 on Saturday.

Martirosyan (last 4 fights, all at 154 lbs.) threw and landed below the wgt. class avg., while opponents landed 41.7% of their power punches, outlanding Vanes 8.8 to 8.6 in that category.

Golovkin, 36, looks to defend his middleweight title successfully for the 20th time, a feat previously accomplished only by surefire Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins.

He followed with a few stinging jabs and then a full throttle left hook and straight right on the ropes that put Martirosyan down for good at 1:53 of the round.

Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) has trained in the southern California boxing scene all his life, before being guided by the legend Freddie Roach and training out of Wild Card Boxing club, he is now with Glendale based trainer Edmond Tarverdyan, who is well-known for training former UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey. The NSAC suspended Alvarez for six months April 18 for failing two performance-enhancing drug tests in February.

The fight ended after Martirosyan was unable to make the 10 count.

"I think if Canelo stayed in front of Gennady, he would get knocked out cold", Martirosyan said. There are other good fighters, maybe not as good financially, but Canelo is not the only option.

Alvarez will be free to fight once his suspension ends in August.

"It was like being hit by a train", Martirosyan said.

Martirosyan started the fight relatively well.

The last time we saw Martirosyan in the ring was May of 2016 when he lost a unanimous decision to Erislandy Lara for the WBA and IBO junior middleweight titles. In came Vanes Martirosyan to challenge GGG on late notice.

In the notoriously fractious world of boxing's sanctioning bodies, Golovkin was bound to find trouble after his rematch with Canelo fell through.

"Everybody want second fight, second step".

Now that Saunders appears more amenable to a fight, Golovkin could lose the IBF belt simply because he wanted to keep busy while waiting for his payday from Alvarez.

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