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CARSON, CA — Gennady Golovkin returned to his crushing knockout ways with a second-round stoppage over Vanes Martirosyan tonight at the Stub Hub Center.

Martirosyan, who hadn’t fought in two years and was moving up to middleweight, displayed a sharp jab and managed to briefly stun Golovkin with a right-left combination to close the first. The champion heeded his trainer Abel Sanchez’s instructions to “settle down” and “go to work,” leading to a fast start to the second that saw Martirosyan’s knees buckled with a counter right uppercut. Martirosyan briefly took a knee, but the reaction has delayed enough that the referee opted to not rule it a knockdown.

The end would come moments later when a Golovkin overhand right drove Martirosyan to the ropes. Golovkin unleashed a series of power shots punctuated by a left hook that put Martirosyan out before he hit the canvas.

After stating earlier this week that the Canelo rematch has a “15% chance” of happening, Golovking backtracked and affirmed he wants the fight for September. He also acknowledged the growing crop of younger challengers in the division, telling Max Kellerman he welcomes fights with the likes of Demetrius Andrade, Jermall Charlo and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“I want them all, it doesn’t matter who I face,” he said.

The win is Golovkin’s 20th successful middleweight title defense and equals the record set by Bernard Hopkins.

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Watch the live stream of¬†middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s title defense against Vanes Martirosyan. Also spotlighted will be the first women’s bout ever aired on HBO in unified welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus taking on Kali Reis. The card airs Saturday night (May 5) at 11 p.m. ET.

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Gennady Golovkin is risking the loss of his IBF middleweight title by¬†confirming Vanes Martirosyan¬†as his replacement opponent for¬†May 5 at Carson’s StubHub Center.

The announcement ends a drama-filled two weeks that saw Golovkin’s team scrambling for an opponent following Canelo Alvarez’s withdrawal for two failed drug tests. The delay in confirming Martirosyan came from Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who refused step-aside money¬†to enforce his IBF mandatory position.The organization can elect to strip Golovkin and award the title to Derevyanchenko, or have him face off with next highest ranked challenger in Danny Jacobs.

The¬†Martirosyan¬†fight marks Golovkin’s first¬†bout in California since scoring a 2016¬†second round KO over Dominic Wade before a sellout crowd at The Forum. The undercard features a returning Roman Gonzalez taking on Pedro Guevara.

The card will air on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11 p.m. ET.

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While a Derevyanchenko bout would’ve highly intriguing and action-packed, there’s no fighter in the sport that would take that fight on 2-3 week’s notice with the¬†most¬†lucrative bout of their career looming in September. As an older fighter, this works out great for GGG. He gets to stay sharp against a low-risk opponent while Canelo sits on ice until September.

The co-main makes this worth tuning in for as I’m interested to see how much Chocolatito has left following that brutal KO loss to Sor Rungvisai last year.

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With the fight signed and the T-Mobile venue secured, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will have their first face to face meeting today to officially kick off the May 5 rematch hype. The fan event will include photo ops and the fighters answering media questions on what will surely be one of the biggest fights of the year. The live stream begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Canelo and GGG Battle to Contentious Split Draw

Posted: September 17, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight Reports
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LAS VEGAS — Leave it to one judge to screw up a great fight. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin battled tooth and nail over 12 rounds in a highly competitive fight that was mired by judge Adalaide¬†Byrd’s wide 118-110 scorecard for Canelo, creating a split draw decision.

In an eerie replay of the early rounds of Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 30 years ago, Golovkin was gunshy in the early round. This allowed Canelo to get off first at ring center with flashy combinations and jump out to a 3-0 lead on all scorecards.

From there, Golovkin became the stalking predator that’s made him famous.

Golovking upped the pressure and forced Canelo to the ropes with his jab. Canelo was visibly uncomfortable¬†trying to maintain movement as Golovkin repeatedly cornered him and worked right hands around the guard. While Canelo did manage to occasionally back up Golovkin with hard counter shots, it was the middleweight champion’s pressure, jabs and right hands that consistently dominated the action through the ninth.

Sensing he was in a hole, Canelo dug deep in the championship rounds. Despite being fatigued, he exploded strategically with clusters of eye-catching power shots before retreating under Golovkin’s relentless pressure. This tactic proved to be a lifesaver as Canelo out-landed Golovkin in power shots over the last three rounds and swept them on the judges’ cards.

The close fight was correctly reflected in the scores of Dave Moretti (115-113) and Don Trella (114-114). But Byrd’s egregious 118-110 card made for the¬†split draw. The crowd lustily booed the verdict and Canelo, who declared he won at least eight rounds. Golovkin chastised Canelo for “running” and affirmed his willingness for an immediate rematch.

The result¬†marks a sour end to a superfight that was 18 months in the making and marketed as the antithesis of the “Mayweather-Gregor circus.”

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Well, at least the people who bet¬†on a draw get to clean up at the sportsbook. I’ll write more about this tomorrow, but let me close your evening with a few points.

  1. Adalaide Byrd should never judge another fight. She gave GGG two rounds.
  2. This verdict sullies Canelo’s reputation and paints him as a protected fighter. We’ve seen too much scoring favoritism in his high-level fights against Trout, Mayweather, Lara, ¬†and now Golovkin. Getting booed out the building on Mexican Independence Day weekend says it all.
  3. I had GGG winning 115-113, but his stamina is becoming a concern at 35 years old. He never stopped the pressure after round three, but his punch output dropped heavily in the championship rounds, giving Canelo the wiggle room to escape with the 114-114 score.
  4. If you’re wondering why GGG looked so happy about arguably being robbed, keep in mind he’s thinking about another career-high payday in the rematch.

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Joseph “JoJo” Diaz received a solid test but ultimately prevailed over last-minute replacement Rafael Rivera in the co-feature of the Canelo-Golovkin pay-per-view card.

The southpaw Diaz was the stalker and able to feint Rivera into straight lefts at mid-range. His offense became to wear down Rivera in the fourth, where Diaz stunned him with a right hook upstairs. But Rivera, undefeated himself, showed good power with his right hands that kept Diaz from overwhelming him.

Ultimately, Rivera’s lack of a consistent jab put him at a severe disadvantage. His offense came from dangerous lunges and waiting on Diaz for countering opportunities. Because of Diaz’s superior technical skill, those opportunities were minimal. The ninth round was particularly brutal as Diaz unleashed 35 power shots (many being uppercuts and hooks inside).

Final scorecards were 119-109 twice and 120-108. The win was a¬†title eliminator for Gary Russell Jr.’s WBC featherweight title.

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Ryan Martin escaped with a too close for comfort split decision win over a determined Francisco Rojo.

The taller Martin had difficulty controlling distance and dealing with Rojo’s pressure. When inside, it was Rojos who had the more consistent workrate. Martin never seemed comfortable and had little rhythm to his¬†offense. The ninth round also saw Martin docked a point for repeated low blows.

Scores for Martin were 91-98, 96-93 and 95-94. He improves to 20-0 (11 KOs). Rojo falls to 20-3.