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.
Golovkin started crisply, backing Martirosyan up with an assortment of punches to the delight of the crowd.
Leading up to fight week, Golovkin claimed there was only a 10% chance that he'd face Canelo Alvarez again, after the Mexican star failed two drug tests effectively killing their May 5th showdown.
By now, boxing fans will certainly know the situation surrounding Canelo, and the fact that he tested positive for the clenbuterol substance which saw him removed from his highly anticipated rematch against Triple G on Cinco de Mayo weekend. Even at 154 pounds, Martirosyan was not known as a huge puncher, rather he is a hard worker who is known to come forward.
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"If [Alvarez is] ready, I'm ready at any time", Golovkin said.
"People can say what they want about the fight", said Martirosyan, who is trained by Ronda Rousey's much-maligned former coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Instead he'll take on tough veteran Vanes Martirosyan to stay busy and to entertain his fans while he waits for Alvarez's suspension to end. I think GGG has the ability to finish this fight relatively quickly. Martirosyan was supposed to fight Maciej Sulecki but he pulled out not long before the bout in order to accept a higher-profile and far more lucrative fight at middleweight against Daniel Jacobs, which Sulecki lost by decision Saturday. Both would provide an intriguing matchup for Golovkin, who already expressed his intention of breaking Hopkins' title defense record. Suddenly, several top middleweights have been seeking fights with "GGG" with the same hunger that Golovkin exhibited when he was chasing the best at 160.
On a night he'd hoped would be the crowning achievement of his career, when he figured he'd make an eight-figure purse and definitively establish himself as the best middleweight in the world, Golovkin essentially had to settle for a tune-up.
"I was just hungry, training and training, and then that opportunity comes", Martirosyan said. "I" m still champion of the world. When "Canelo" comes back it is going to be under boxing's biggest spotlight and it behooves Golovkin to be in the ring against him. Fighting WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in England might pay well, but it is not likely to match HBO PPV.
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