Cinco De Golovkin: Vanes Martirosyan is stopped by middleweight champion within six minutes
May 6, 2018
Nancy Rodriguez (329 articles)

Cinco De Golovkin: Vanes Martirosyan is stopped by middleweight champion within six minutes

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

Gennady Golovkin immediately after his stoppage of Vanes Martirosyan on HBO Boxing. Photo: Decomp/Supreme Boxing

CARSON, California – Gennady Golovkin did what he was expected to do as he demolished Vanes Martirosyan within the first six minutes of action on Cinco de Mayo weekend from the StubHub Center.

Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) came out by initiating his jab in the first, which at times could be considered more of a power punch. Martirosyan responded with a with a one-two punch combination towards the end of the round, that had the crowd loudly react to the punishment that Golovkin is not used to taking.

Golovkin, in a seemingly irritated manner, came out in the second and tagged the Glendale, California native and stopped him with an onslaught combination that had Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) fall flat on his face. Martirosyan, 32, slowly rose to his knees, but it was too little too late, as referee Jack Reiss waved his hands to signal a quick end to the matchup.

“That’s the hardest puncher I’ve ever faced,” Martirosyan said.

Following the ending bell, Golovkin raised one single arm into the air and let the Southern California fans serenade him with the victory. The Kazakh fighter once again stated that he was open to fight anybody, but didn’t specifically call out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – who was scheduled to rematch Golovkin in Las Vegas before he was forced to pull out due to his failed drug test for clenbuterol back in February. Nevertheless, the 36-year-old Golovkin still maintained his desire for the Alvarez rematch this upcoming September.

“Absolutely, he’s ready, I’m ready — anytime,” Golovkin said about a potential rematch with Alvarez on the next Mexican Independence day weekend.

(Feature photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO)



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