Cinco de Mayo’s biggest fight of the day happened at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, when Gennady “GGG” Golovkin returned to the ring to face an opponent that accepted the bout on short notice, Vanes Martirosyan. Golovkin was originally supposed to rematch Canelo Alvarez, but after Alvarez was suspended because of tainted meat causing him to fail a drug test, Martirosyan stepped up to save the card and give Golovkin a challenger. Despite Martirosyan’s bravery in taking the fight, however, the champion was too much for him to overcome and he fell to a second round knockout that came sooner than even Golovkin’s fanbase expected.
The first round was very closer and Martirosyan looked competitive, as both fighters exchanged blows early. Golovkin dominated in landing jabs, but couldn’t find openings for his power hand. At the end of the round, however, Martirosyan rocked him with a right hook followed by a jab, which stunned Golovkin further. You could make a good argument for Martirosyan winning the first round because of the sequence in the end, despite being outlanded in total strikes.
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In the early second round, Golovkin landed an uppercut that nearly dropped Martirosyan for a knockdown. The challenger was able to stay up for long enough to avoid it being scored that way, but Golovkin continued to pressure and would work Martirosyan into the corner midway through the round. He used his jab to set up right hands that did a lot of damage and stunned his opponent, and Martirosyan eventually lost his footing and went down. After Martirosyan couldn’t stand after a ten count, the fight ended and was scored as a knockout for Golovkin.
It now looks like Golovkin will face Canelo, and the rematch will most likely come in September on Mexican Independence Day weekend. His mandatory fight with Sergiy Derevyanchenko may also come soon, if the Canelo rematch doesn’t work out. Golovkin’s record improves to 38-0-1, and with this result, he successfully defends the WBA Super, WBC, and IBF middleweight titles, which in his post fight press conference he challenged other fighters to come and take.