We’re only days away from May 5, which was supposed to be boxing’s biggest day of the year. After Canelo Alvarez was forced out of his rematch with Gennady Golovkin because of a drug test related suspension, however, we’re getting a different fight. Vanes Martirosyan was the one to step up and take the fight with GGG on short notice, and the final press conference for Saturday’s showdown has already wrapped up.
Martirosyan most recently lost to Erislandy Lara by unanimous decision, in a fight that would have given him the WBA and IBO middleweight titles. That was back in 2016, and Martirosyan has a once and a lifetime chance to erase his previous shortcomings by shocking the world. His legendary promoter, Don King, seemed confident in that happening. “I promise you Golovkin, we will give you a rematch… The Armenian named Vanes will make history. I want you to know this is a destiny fight!”
Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, doesn’t buy into the underdog story and also showed full confidence in his own fighter. According to him, every fighter to face Golovkin has been forced to adapt their game plan rather than taking the fight to GGG. Sanchez believes that the same thing will happen to Martirosyan, regardless of his previous victories. “He will never be the same after this fight, just like none of the other fighters that Gennady has ever fought are the same after [they] fight. Jacobs looked terrible in his last fight. Why? I think it’s he went 12 rounds with Golovkin.”
Sanchez also claimed that while Martirosyan is the quicker one, and has decent punching power, the fight will change as soon as Golovkin hits him. Only time will tell whether that prediction is true or not, and we’ll all find out on Saturday, when the eyes of the boxing world will be on the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The event is set to be televised on HBO, with an undercard that features 32-0 women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus as well as Ruslan Madiev, Jesus Perez, and Ryan Martin, all of whom enter with undefeated records.