Golovkin on the limit for record bid against Martirosyan

06 May 2018, 06:36 | Andres Norman

Golovkin eyes history against Alvarez stand-in

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The rematch with Mexico's popular former two-division champion, originally scheduled for Saturday, was scrapped last month after it was revealed Alvarez submitted two positive samples for the banned performance-enhancing substance clenbuterol.

The fight was arranged at the last minute after Golovkin's rematch with Canelo Alvarez fell apart. Martirosyan isn't Alvarez, and he hadn't fought in almost two years. His last KO victory came back in June of 2013 over Ryan Davis. He TKO'd Marco Antonio Rubio in two rounds there in 2014. When we got the call for the fight they asked me if I could be 176 (pounds a few days later) and I weighed in that day at 174 or 175 (for a WBC weight check). He then landed a pair of straight rights and two left hooks to drive Martirosyan to the floor.

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It was Golovkin's 17th defense of the IBO championship he won in 2011.

Nonetheless, Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), 32, was viewed as such a weak opponent for Golovkin that the IBF, which sanctions one of the three major world titles GGG holds, refused to approve the fight. Passing on a chance to improve on the controversial draw that ended their first bout would be giving up on his biggest payday to date.

Saturday's event was moved from Las Vegas to south central Los Angeles and Golovkin fought for a fraction of the money he would have received for a fight against Alvarez.

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Former light-middleweight Martirosyan didn't respond well to a hard right hand that rocked him to the ropes, and Golovkin followed with two lefts and two powerful power punches to the head that set up a finishing combination as the challenger crumbled to the mat. "That is the hardest puncher I have ever faced". Plus, Cecilia Braekhus defends her welterweight belts against Kali Reis. I don't care who.

CBS Sports saw Braekhus a 97-92 victor. Scores were 97-92 and 96-93 twice.

The champion bounced right up and appeared more surprised than hurt, but the bout was surely more competitive down the stretch. Her opponent is five years younger and will have a slight half an inch height advantage, but Reis has never defeated an opponent near the caliber of Braekhus. More specifically, the fact that no more tests are being done. Martin, now 22-0, was a 79-71 victor on two scorecards and a 77-73 victor on the third against Prescott, who's now 31-13.

Despite Martirosyan's willingness to accept the fight with Golovkin, Sanchez said it won't change what he believes is the inevitable outcome.

Madiev wins by 10-round unanimous decision.

Despite going in as the underdog against the Kazakh, 31-year-old Martirosyan has already shared the ring with some accomplished names including Erislandy Lara and Jermell Charlo and will be seeking a title for the third time.

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