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Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan Official Weigh-in – Undefeated world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin returns to HBO and a Southern California boxing ring for the first time in over two years. Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and boxing’s longest-reigning world champion (since 2010) will attempt to add his name to the history books when he makes his 20th consecutive and record-tying title defense.
Martirosyan replaced Canelo Alvarez after his drug ban and takes on GGG in the big match up tonight.
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Canelo tested positive for a banned substance, clenbuterol, in two tests administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency in February and was subsequently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The man standing in his way will be two-time world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare ” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), from Glendale, Calif. The 2004 Olympians collide Saturday, May 5, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The middleweight title fight will be televised live on HBO beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with the Cecilia Braekhus vs. Kali Reis world female welterweight championship rumble. It is the first time HBO has televised a women’s bout live.
The Mexican had to withdraw from the fight but GGG scrambled to find an opponent for this date.
Golovkin was hugely critical of Canelo and branded him a terrible man.
“He is nothing, forget him,” the 36-year-old said.
“Canelo, of course like everybody said, he’s huge Mexican star.
“Last press conference he said ‘I can’t, I’m sorry, I apologise, it’s my fault.’
“This is crazy, you know, this is crazy for people.
“He’s not sorry, no. He’s not a huge ambassador for boxing. He’s terrible man!”
Loeffler jumped in to quickly reiterate Golovkin’s mission statement — regardless of title defense record or not, big name opponent or late replacement — remains on doing one thing.
“I think [the middleweight record] is bigger for everyone on the team, like Abel Sanchez and myself,” Loeffler said. “We understand the historic perspective of what Gennady has accomplished in his career and could potentially accomplish on Saturday and be successful in another title defense. He just wanted to fight. He told me he didn’t care who and he didn’t care where just, ‘I want to fight on Cinco de Mayo,’ and that was my job.”
While Hopkins has yet to form a public rebuttal to Golovkin’s comments, Sanchez believes his fighter gets the nod historically as a middleweight due to his variety of opposition.
“If you look at [Golovkin’s] record, he hasn’t had any rematches in there,” Sanchez said. “Everybody he fought has been a new opponent. The great Bernard Hopkins fought twice against [Antwun] Echols and three times against Robert Allen. We are fighting new guys every time. By tying it, and if he decides to stay at middleweight and break the record in the future, is great for boxing history and good for historians to look back upon.”
Golovkin has no shortage of potential next opponents. Jermall Charlo became mandatory WBC challenger having stopped Hugo Centeno Jr in New York, while Danny Jacobs put his name in the mix for a rematch against the Kazak after beating Maciej Sulęcki and becoming WBA mandatory. After the Canelo pull out the IBF stated they will allow Golovkin to remain champion but insisted he will have to face Derevyanchenko should he be victorious.
With Canelo’s suspension set to expire in September, a rematch between the Mexican and Golovkin could be a huge possibility as promoter Oscar De La Hoya said he expects the two to meet in. Finally, WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders holds the final belt for a complete middleweight unification. The Brit takes on fellow countryman Martin Murray on June 23 in the fourth defence of his title, but the winner of the two bouts could meet for a showdown with the chance to become undisputed champion at stake.
And, if Martirosyan is to cause the upset, he has all those contenders to look forward to.