Standing in for the suspended Saul "Canelo" Alavarez, who failed a drug test in the build-up to his scheduled rematch with Golovkin, Martirosyan lasted less than five minutes against the WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight champion. Golovkin's two fights in 2017 - a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs and a controversial split draw against Alvarez last September- both went the distance, snapping Golovkin's 23-fight knockout streak that started in 2008.
Gennady Golovkin says there is a question mark regarding whether a rematch with Canelo Alvarez can be booked for September. All three judges saw Ceballo a shutout victor with 40-36 scorecards over Phan, who's 0-6-1 since beginning his career with three consecutive victories.
Martirosyan was in big trouble from the beginning of the second round as Golovkin rendered the challenger helpless by landing a right uppercut on the chin.
Martirosyan landed a few hard shots in the first and connected on a good combination just before the devastating final sequence.
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UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg attended the fight and confirmed her interest in boxing against Braekhus. However, Alvarez was accused of doping and disqualified, so a month before the fight, it was replaced by Martirosyan.
Martirosyan (36-4-1) stepped into the ring with GGG on less than three week's notice, agreeing to fight Golovkin after Irish middleweight Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan passed on the opportunity in favor of keeping a 4 May contest with Puerto Rico's Berlin Abreu in Los Angeles, which he won without any trouble. "We made a lot more concessions than the other side did", Golovkin said, as per ESPN. I'll tell you the truth, I think Gennady is scared. "In the second round, I came out all business, after I felt him out in the first round".
Now that Saunders appears more amenable to a fight, Golovkin could lose the IBF belt simply because he wanted to keep busy while waiting for his payday from Alvarez. Now it seems every middleweight in the world wants to fight him. Then perhaps he could fight Alvarez once his suspension is over to make right on two fights that were too close for GGG's liking. "Thirty-six years old, and he's still fighting like that".