By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This weekend was supposed to be the rematch of the dream fight, Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin. However, the proposed Cinco de Mayo rematch was stopped after Álvarez tested positive for an illegal substance, then was suspended by the Nevada Commission for six months.
Instead of the big money fight, Golovkin, who could have decided not to fight this weekend, will be fighting a guy, who has not fought in two years. Also, with the Álvarez switch, this is no longer a Golden Boy Promotions fight.
Don King Promotions and 360/K2 Promotions are putting on the event with it being live on HBO. Golovkin will face Vanes Martirosyan in Middleweight action for the International Boxing Organization World Middleweight Championship, World Boxing Association Super World Middleweight Championship, and the World Boxing Council World Middleweight Championship.
Martirosyan previously challenged for the light middleweight championship in 2013 and 2016. He was also the WBC Silver Light middleweight champion from 2011 through 2012.
Golovkin is 37-0-1 in his career. In his last match, he fought to a draw Álvarez last Sept. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Kazakhstan fight has 33 knockouts in his career. He last won a bout against Daniel Jacobs in March 2017 at Madison Square Garden by unanimous decision.
Martirosyan is 36-3-1 in his career. The California native also has 21 knockouts, as well.
In his last bout in May 2016, he lost via unanimous decision to Erislandy Lara at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. One has to go back to Sept. 2015 to find his last win against Ishe Smith at the MGM Grand, also in Las Vegas, by majority decision.
In the co-main event, Cecilia Braekhus will face Kali Reis in a welterweight bout. There will be five championships on the line in this bout.
The winner of this fight will take home the International Boxing Federation World Female Welterweight Championship, International Boxing Organization World Female Welterweight Championship, World Boxing Association World Female Welterweight Championship, World Boxing Council World Female Welterweight Championship, and the World Boxing Organisation World Female Welterweight Championship.
Braekhus, who has nine knockouts in her career, won her last bout against Mikaela Lauren by TKO in Norway in Oct. 2017.
Reis is 13-6-1 in her career, including four knockouts. The Rhode Island native won her last bout against Tiffany Woodard in Nov. 2017 when she won by unanimous decision.
She has not been defeated since she lost to Christina Hammer in Munich, Germany by a unanimous decision. Hammer won the World Boxing Council World Female Middleweight Championship, and the World Boxing Organisation World Female Middleweight Championship.
In Super Lightweight action, Ruslan Madiev will face Jesus Perez. Madiev comes into the bout with an 11-0 mark, while Perez is 21-0.
The Kazakhstan native, who now resides in California, has five knockouts in his career. He defeated Martin Angel Martinez in March by TKO at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, Calif.
Perez has 16 knockouts in his 21 wins. The Mexican native defeated David Theroux by a majority decision in Dec. 2017 in Canada.
In another super lightweight bout, Ryan Martin will face Breidis Prescott. Martin is 21-0 in his career, while Prescott is 31-12.
The Tennessee native Martin has 12 knockouts in his career. He last knocked out Luis Eduardo Florez in March at The Avalon.
The 35-year-old Prescott has 22 knockouts and has been knocked out four times in his career. In his last bout, he defeated Segundo Herrera by unanimous decision in April.
His last loss came against Marcelino Nicolas Lopez when he was knocked out in January.
In the only minimumweight bout on the card, Jesse Rodriguez will face Armando Vazquez. Rodriguez is 5-0, while Vazquez is 25-21-1.
The 18-year-old Rodriguez has three knockouts in his five wins. He last fought in March when he TKOed Santiago Sanchez Bayardo in San Antonio, Texas.
The 32-year-old Vazquez has knocked out his opponents six times, but has been knocked out 13 times. The Mexican has lost his past five bouts, losing to Abraham Rodriguez, Oscar Vasquez, Edwin Reyes (twice), and Joselito Velasquez.
His last win came in Aug. 2016 to Juan Carlo Hernandez when he won by unanimous decision in Mexico.
In welterweight action, Brian Ceballo will face Nam Phan. Ceballo is 1-0, while Phan is 3-5-1.
The 24-year-old Ceballo has one knockout in his career. He knocked out Luis Alberto Lopez Longoria by TKO in March.
The 35-year-old Phan has knocked out two opponents, while being knocked out once in his career. He has lost four straight bouts, losing to Edison Garcia, Nick Frese, Nathan Weston, and Jessy Martinez.
He began his career with a three-bout win streak. However, his last win was more than a decade ago, as he won by TKO in Aug. 2007 over Ivan Diaz.