By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Several weeks ago, Gennady Golovkin had to refocus after losing out on a potentially lucrative deal against Canelo Álvarez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once the Mexican fighter was suspended for six months, Golovkin had to find a new opponent.
The promoters for the event put him in the ring with Vanes Martirosyan, who had not fought in two years. Clearly, Martirosyan was outmatched against the heavy-hitting Triple G, who knocked out Martirosyan in the second round on Saturday night in Carson, Calif. at the StubHub Center.
Golovkin set a record with the knockout win. This was his 20th consecutive win, as he defended his belt in the 160-pound weight class, tying boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, who accomplished the feat in 2005.
“It feels great to get a knockout,” said Golovkin, who had gone the distance in his previous two fights, a close win against Daniel Jacobs and a heavily disputed draw with Alvarez in September that most thought Golovkin won.”Vanes is a very good fighter. He caught me a few times in the first round. In the second round, I came out all business after I felt him out in the first round.”
Triple G and Álvarez were supposed to headline Cinco de Mayo at the T-Mobile Arena on HBO pay-per-view. However, Álvarez failed two drug tests by the Anti-Doping Association-administered tests for banned substances. He was busted for clenbuterol in February, which caused the fight to be canceled.
Golovkin could have potentially made $1 million — or more — against Álvarez. He made far less against Martirosyan, who was criticized, because he was not the caliber opponent, as Álvarez was.
The IBF, who Golovkin holds one of their belts, considered Martirosyan so weak that they refused to sanction the fight.
Golovkin improved to 38-0-1 in his boxing career, including his 34th knockout. He retained his International Boxing Federation World Middleweight Championship, International Boxing Organization World Middleweight Championship, World Boxing Association Super World Middleweight Championship, and World Boxing Council World Middleweight Championship.
This was Triple G’s first knockout since he knocked out Kell Brook in September 2016 at the O2 Arena in the United Kingdom.
Martirosyan fell to 36-4-1 in his career. He suffered his first knockout loss in his career of the Armenia native.
He has lost three of his last four bouts, including his last two fights. His other losses came to Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, and Demetrius Andrade.
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