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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.



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.


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.


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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LAS VEGAS — Showtime’s “Night of Champions” is in the books with WBA light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara settling the score with Vanes Martirosyan, and the Charlo brothers making history as the first twins to hold titles in the same weight class simultaneously. Yes, all the favored fighters won, but there was a bit of intrigue in every bout.

VIC DRAKULICH ENDS MARTIROSYAN’S BID: Despite all the trash talk between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan headed into their rematch, anyone with common sense knew their matchup was going to be another tactical affair.

With that said, I found this bout much more entertaining than their first scrap nearly four years ago. Lara did less running and stood more in the pocket behind a southpaw high guard, looking to shoot the straight left down the middle (which he did to great effect). This allowed Martirosyan plenty of opportunities to get his left hook to the body working and keep himself in the fight.

I had the bout even after eight with Lara starting to creep ahead by closely winning rounds 9 and 10 on my card. Martirosyan’s chances then went off the rails when referee Vic Drakulich deducted a point in the  11th for a “low blow.” Vanes was disgusted and rightly so. He had received previous warnings for hitting on the belt-line. Considering that Lara’s belt-line covered his belly button, those shots should have been considered legal.

The deduction totally took Martirosyan out of his game. He started lunging impatiently with head shots and abandoned his body work. Lara let Martirosyan outwork in the 12th, but the fight was already a foregone conclusion.

My score was identical to the one judge who had it 115-112. The other two, who had it 116-111, seemed a bit wide but justifiable depending on your scoring preference.

Lara mentioned wanting to get a rematch with Canelo or a middleweight showdown with Gennady Golovkin. The chances of either are minimal. More likely is a defense against fellow PBC fighter Kanat Islam, who earlier this month scored a sixth round TKO over Juan De Angel and is currently ranked #7 by the WBA.


JERMALL CHARLO UD12 AUSTIN TROUT: I came away impressed with both guys in this one. I really thought Trout was ripe for the taking from a younger, stronger and bigger man in Charlo, but he hung tough and kept it competitive all the way through. Trout was at his best when he shot counter straight lefts down the middle, and worked in southpaw right hooks after turning his foe. The insurmountable climb for Trout was the fact all of Charlo’s clean shots were heavier, causing more facial damage and knocking Trout off-balance.


Trout had to fight near perfect rounds to avoid this and more often than not, wasn’t able to do so. I scored the bout 115-113 for Charlo, giving Trout rounds 1, 2, 8, 9, and 11.

Thankfully, Charlo reneged on his promise to test middleweight and will stick aroound to face his mandatory challenger Julian “J Rock” Williams. It’s exactly the type of matchup that the PBC brand should be making their name on — two undefeated, young and ambitious fighters.



JERMELL CHARLO TKO8 JOHN JACKSON: Protect yourself at all times! John Jackson surprised everyone by electing to box instead of brawl with Charlo, holding a 69-64 lead on all three scorecards. Jackson counter-punched well off the backfoot and thoroughly confused Charlo with his switch-hitting. In the eighth, Jackson lingered in the pocket too long and got caught with a slashing overhand right, which stiffened his legs and made Jackson turn away in bewilderment.

Charlo wisely pounced with a hook and forced referee Tony Weeks to halt the contest. Jackson later claimed the shot dislodged his mouthpiece and he was turning away to readjust it. Look, when the only thing on your mind is fixing your mouthpiece after being clocked (think Tyson after getting floored by Douglas), you’re seriously hurt.

Charlo didn’t look impressive, but wins like this show a lot of character. He should learn a lot from this.


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LAS VEGAS — Tonight’s Showtime card is headlined by Erislandy Lara defending his WBA 154 pound title against Vanes Martirosyan in a rematch, and the Charlo twins in undercard bouts. Onto the predictions…

LARA: 153.5


PREDICTION: When I went over my wish list of fights for 2016, this rematch was not one that made the cut. Lara and Martirosyan’s first bout was filled with awkward exchanges and clinching that made rounds difficult to score simply from boredom.

There’s no reason to think the rematch will be any different. Lara will be on the move and landing accurate, laser-sharp lefts hands whenever he decides to throw. Martirosyan will be stalking and hold an edge in the later rounds with a higher workrate. Don’t be surprised by wildly different scores, but Lara is a step above Martirosyan and should win this rematch by majority decision.



TROUT: 154

PREDICTION: Trout is a very capable fighter, but he’s outgunned in this one. He gets caught in every fight and in this case he’s facing the harder punching and more aggressive Charlo. To date, Trout has always got up from his knockdowns, but I feel his soft competition since losing to Lara means Charlo is catching him at the right time. Charlo KO somewhere in the middle rounds.



JACKSON: 153.5

PREDICTION: This is a solid fight for both guys. Jermell is the more technical boxer of the twins and will hold the advantage in most rounds. Jackson has good power, but not the otherworldly power of his father that he’d need to hurt Charlo with one shot. He’ll need an accumulation to get the job done, and Charlo will be a bit too elusive for him to pull it off. CHARLO WIDE UD.




PREDICTION: This a cruiserweight title matchup that’s fallen under the radar (probably because it’s for the WBA strap). Shumenov is more experienced, hits harder, and been in with the better competition. Yes, Shumenov is still crude, but Wright has a tendency to go to the ropes too easily and that’s where we’ll see his undoing. SHUMENOV KO4


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Las Vegas, NV — Gary Russell Jr. is now a world champion. The six-year pro displayed surprising power and dropped Jhonny Gonzalez twice in route to a four round TKO at the Palm Springs Hotel. Russell has been the brunt of many jokes due to his years of sub par competition, but showed he belongs in the discussion of elite fighters in the featherweight division.

THE SOUTHPAW JINX CONTINUES: Yesterday, I picked Russell to come out on top mainly due to Gonzalez’s history of futility against southpaws. Both of his recent losses, which were mostly one-sided, came at the hands of two lefties in Daniel Ponce de Leon and Toshiaki Nishioka. But most, including myself, expected Russell to rely on his speed to cautiously outbox Gonzalez. Instead, Russell stayed in the pocket and invited exchanges (Writer’s Note: Trainer Gary Russell Sr. predicted we’d be surprised by his son’s power.). He beat Gonzalez to the punch every time and had the champion looking uncoordinated and as if he were punching underwater.

Russell made effective use of his right hook and Gonzalez was hurt bad by a knockdown at the end of the third. He was finished quickly in the opening minute of the fourth.


FROM LAUGHINGSTOCK TO MAN TO BEAT?: The Gary Russell Jr. we saw last night would beat most Top 10 featherweights. It wasn’t just his usual speed — his accuracy, offense variety, defense and footwork made for an excellent performance. Those qualities make him a favorite over guys Abner Mares Leo Santa Cruz and Evgeny Gradovich in my eyes.

However, I think Nicholas Walters, Nonito Donaire and Russell’s old friend Vasyl Lomachenko had the right mix of power and counter-punching to take Russell out. Since Rusell will likely be in line to face whomever wins the rumored fight between Mares and Santa Cruz, the new title-holder can keep busy on a PBC card this summer by facing his #1 contender Robinson Castellanos, or a “safer” option like a Christian Mijares.

JERMELL CHARLO UD10 VANES MARTIROSYAN: Jermell Charlo kept his undefeated record intact with a close but clear decision win over Vanes Martirosyan (97-93, 96-94 twice). Martirosyan took the peculiar strategy of boxing at long-range for most of the fight, which favored the longer reach and faster hands of Charlo. Nonetheless, Martirosyan’s early body work and occasional hard right hands had the fight even on my card headed into the ninth round. Charlo was a bit more active and landed the cleaner shots to sweep the final two rounds and win 96-94 on my scorecard.

Jhonny Gonzalez and Gary Russell Jr

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We are now less than 24 hours away from the Saturday night WBC featherweight title match between champion Jhonny Gonzalez and challenger Gary Russell Jr. Both fighters and the undercard combatants (Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan) successfully made weight without incident.

Jhonny Gonzalez and Gary Russell Jr


RUSSELL: 125.8

PREDICTION: I don’t have issues with the many observers picking Jhonny Gonzalez to knock out Russell. Although Gonzalez has a lot of mileage on him, the veteran has proven himself at the elite level and remains a dangerous puncher (just ask Abner Mares about that left hook). However, I’m going with Russell to finally shake the stigma of being an eternal prospect and score a clear unanimous decision. Speaking with his trainer last week, I expect Russell to play keep away in the early rounds and build a decent lead with his quicker hands and underrated footwork.

Gonzalez will touch him up at some point in the later rounds, but Russell showed enough toughness in the Lomachenko bout that I feel he can weather it. Finally, Gonzalez doesn’t have the best recent track record against southpaws. His last defeat was a 2012 eighth round technical decision to Daniel Ponce de Leon (if a fight where PDL dropped Gonzalez). And in 2009, Gonzalez was stopped in three rounds by another southpaw in Toshiaki Nishioka. RUSSELL UD

Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan

CHARLO 154.8


PREDICTION: This is a pick ’em fight. I’m leaning towards Martirosyan because he is more active and better at fighting inside (where I think a lot of exchanges will end up). What gives me pause is that Charlo might have a weight advantage that ends up tiring Martirosyan. If Jermell had the power of his brother Jarmall, I’d be more inclined to go with him. Without it, I see Martirosyan dragging Jermell into an attrition fight where he gets outworked. MARTIROSYAN MD