Golovkin vs. Martirosyan fight results, highlights: GGG pummels opponent to retain titles

Credit Marcelino Castillo

Credit Marcelino Castillo

CARSON, Calif. - The fight wasn't the mega event unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin expected to take part in, but that did not stop him from making boxing history Saturday night at StubHub Center.

Gennady Golovkin says there is a question mark regarding whether a rematch with Canelo Alvarez can be booked for September. After losing the venue in Las Vegas, and watching at least two potential opponents fall through, Golovkin and Martirosyan agreed to meet on short notice. After all, Martirosyan hasn't fought in nearly exactly two years and his last fight was a loss to then-WBA junior middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara.

"It will mean a lot", Golovkin said about the idea of winning his 20th straight title defense. Golovkin was hungry to match Hopkins' record in a division he has dominated just as zealously as Hopkins did.

But if he doesn't win impressively or is somehow upset by Martirosyan, then it's safe to say his era of dominance over the middleweight division is over.

Stay with Round By Round Boxing's Eric Ramos for up-to-the-minute ringside results for the entire fight card and make sure to download the RBRBoxing App for results and news via push notifications. They came in droves and they have a great time.

Golovkin and Alvarez had fought to a draw last September.




Vanes Martirosyan: "I'm OK and better now".

Instead, Golovkin finds himself back in his adopted home in Southern California, where he's making a fraction of that potential payday to fight a gritty veteran contender with nothing to lose in a famous outdoor ring where insane things happen regularly. "Stronger and bigger. This is a good situation for me and for my fans and that's it". There are other good fighters, maybe not as good financially, but Canelo is not the only option.

Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) is ranked No. 1 by the WBC, but hasn't fought since losing by decision to Erislandy Lara in May 2016. "This is what we dream about".

"I wanted to remain active, and I didn't want to lose my date for this particular fight", Golovkin said.

Golovkin must agree in writing before the May 5 fight "to indemnify, hold harmless and otherwise reimburse the IBF for any legal fees or other expenses related to the granting of this exception, including, but not limited to, the cost attendant to any resultant litigation".

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