Golovkin eyes history against Alvarez stand

Alfred Osborne
May 5, 2018

Gennady Golovkin, left, faces off with Vanes Martirosyan. The 36-year-old Golovkin had been due to battle Alvarez in Las Vegas this weekend, in what was likely to be one of the highlights of the 2018 boxing calendar.

Vanes Martirosyan has heard the derisive comments.

But there is certainly no risk in Golovkin fighting this weekend, considering the opponent he is facing.

Sure, it's not the Cinco de Mayo that Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) had in mind.

World middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin tipped the scales right on the limit at 160 pounds (72.5kg) on Friday as he chases a record-equalling title defense against Vanes Martirosyan in Los Angeles.

"I think we have to fight the 5th first before we (Golovkin and Sanchez) think about everyone else". "It wasn't my fault my first opponent couldn't fight". I didn't want to waste time. "I have titles to lose, you know what I mean?" However, I think he's in over his head with GGG.

The Ring magazine rates him as the top pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.

Last September, Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a draw, the first time in 37 pro bouts that Golovkin wasn't declared the victor.

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The rematch seemed inevitable, and it might have been the biggest fight of the year - until Canelo failed a doping test in February.

The tenacious knockout artist built his late-blooming pro career on staying busy while other champions sit around. He's never fought anyone with the strength and fire power of GGG.

"I would say it's about a 10 percent probability at this point that it happens", Golovkin told Yahoo Sports. He's not out to hurt anybody.

According to the latest oddsmakers Golovkin is the overwhelming favorite in this bout, as he is getting odds of -3000 to win. After struggling to find a suitable opponent, Golovkin eventually chose Martirosyan, the former U.S. Olympian with a strong following in Southern California's Armenian community. Just 4-3-1 in his last eight fights, Martirosyan considers himself rested and ready to shock the sport.

"I have been counted out before and I have shined", Martirosyan said.

He insists he's a clean fighter and did pass two further drug tests taken in the build-up to this rematch.

Although we will no longer be receiving the rematch, Golovkin is still set to fight. English WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders has kept the only remaining hardware out of Golovkin's grasp, repeatedly declining Golovkin's challenges. Golovkin respects Vanes for taking a risky fight at short notice. Golovkin will bring his piston-like jab and heavy pressure to force technician Martirosyan into uncomfortable positions. "But for now, he knows he has a hard job on Saturday, and everything else could depend on that".

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