It’s been a tumultuous road for Fight is GGG vs Martirosyan to Saturday night when he makes his 2018 debut and defends his WBA and WBC middleweight titles against late replacement Vanes Martirosyan at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA.
His IBF title will not be on the line as the sanctioning body didn’t approve Martirosyan as an opponent.
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) was originally scheduled to once again fight Canelo Alvarez following their controversial draw in September. Alvarez ended up failing random drug tests in February and ultimately withdrew from the fight.
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The unified middleweight champion still wanted to compete on May 5, but options were limited due to the short notice. Talks with Spike O’Sullivan fell through after the Irishman wasn’t happy with the money. Demetrius Andrade, Billy Joe Saunders and Jaime Munguia surfaced as possible replacements, but Golovkin ended up settling on Martirosyan.
Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) will be coming up from junior middleweight and fighting at middleweight for the first time in his career. He comes not having fought in almost two years and lost two of his last three fights, to Erislandy Lara and Jermell Charlo.
A win by Golovkin and he will tie Bernard Hopkins for most consecutive middleweight title defenses at 20.
While not the most ideal situation, this is the best-case scenario considering the circumstances, and we still get to see one of the biggest names in the sport.
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GGG vs Martirosyan date, start time
Gennady Golovkin and Vanes Martirosyan will meet on Saturday, May 5. The card begins at 11 p.m.
How to watch GGG vs Martirosyan Live Stream Golovkin vs Martirosyan can be seen on HBO.You can stream the card able to access online fights streaming whenever you want. Streaming view-able on PC, Mac, Ipad, Xbox, Smart TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PS3 More Smart Device.
Gennady Golovkin, Vanes Martirosyan Boxing Fight records
Gennady Golovkin: 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts.
Vanes Martirosyan: 36-3-1 with 21 knockouts.
Golovkin vs. Martirosyan Full fight card
GGG vs Martirosyan for Golovkin’s WBA/WBC Middleweight title
Cecilia Braekhus vs. Kali Reis for Braekhus’ WBA/WBC/WBO/IBF Women’s Welterweight title
Ryan Martin vs. Breidis Prescott; Junior Welterweight
Brian Ceballo vs. Nam Phan; Welterweight