Madiyev defeats Mexican boxer on GGG vs. Martirosyan fight undercard

Gennady Golovkin provided the fans who came to see his Cinco de Mayo fight Saturday with an extended introductory stroll around all four sections of StubHub Center. Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) hurt Martirosyan with a right uppercut early in the second round, followed it with an overhand right to the side of his head, two stiff jabs and another flush, straight right, before landing a crushing left hook that knocked down Martirosyan for the first time in his 13-year pro career.

Martirosyan stepped in to fight GGG last month after Golovkin's originally scheduled May 5 bout with Canelo Alvarez was cancelled due to Alvarez's failed pre-fight drug tests.

Golovkin was far too good for Vanes Martirosyan, a late replacement for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on the night, stopping him with a brutal knockout in the second round.

Tomorrow night was meant to be the biggest fight of the year in boxing in a planned rematch between middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin and his Mexican rival Canelo Alvarez.

Martirosyan started the bout in positive fashion but midway through the second round, Golovkin unleashed a barrage of punches from which there was no comeback for his 32-year-old opponent.

"I knew this was a serious fight" then, Golovkin said.

Although Golovkin is defending his middleweight crown for a record-tying 20 consecutive time on Saturday, he has not been dominant in his last two fights.

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The unbeaten, three-belt middleweight champion then proceeded to make short work of Glendale's Vanes Martirosyan, a heavy nine-punch flurry knocking out the challenger just 1 minute 53 seconds into the second round. She's undefeated, has held a major world title since 2009 (WBC and WBA Titles) and is considered a legend in the sport of women's boxing.

Golovkin is widely expected to meet Alvarez in a September rematch after Alvarez's suspension ends later this summer, but he got a loud ovation from a near-capacity crowd when he claimed "I want everybody" in an in-ring interview after the fight.

One of the most devastating punchers in the division, he disposed of all of his opponents in dominant fashion, with a high knockout percentage, he puts guys on the backfoot trying to avoid his suffocating pressure.

"If I try to formulate what he is going to bring to the table, it would change after he gets hit with the first shot". Typically, when faced with this situation, a fighter the caliber of "GGG" would simply sit out on that date and wait for the big money match to come to fruition. Now it seems every middleweight in the world wants to fight him. Plus, the point of entry is either an existing HBO or HBO Go subscription or a friend with one, instead of an additional $70 on added to the cable bill. "I have lots of belts".

The attention now shifts to who Golovkin will face next.

Within 90 days Golovkin will have to conduct the defense of the IBF belt against mandatory Challenger Ukrainian Sergey Derevyanchenko. He caught me a few times in the first round. I don't care who it is. "She has some very good punches". "Let's clean the division out".

  • Rita Burton