EVENT SUMMARY

Saturday, May 05 2018

StubHub Center , CA

Gennady Golovkin

(37-0-1, 33 KOs) VS.

Vanes Martirosyan

(36-3-1, 21 KOs)

12 Round WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO Middleweight Championship Bout
Available in HD

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) easily vanquished his opponent Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) with a colossal knockout in the second round, allowing him to retain his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO titles. The impressive fight took place on May 5 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The first round started off solidly, with both fighters appearing focused and confident as they began the action. Golovkin moved gracefully and landed smooth jabs, while Martirosyan retaliated with some forceful power shots. The two continued to trade hits until the second. By this time, Golovkin wasn’t messing around as he aggressively broke out a fierce uppercut, leaving Martirosyan looking noticeably uneasy in the battle.

As the round continued, Martirosyan tried to recover from that devastating hit as he attempted to get his opponent up on the ropes. It wasn’t working, and with tremendous force, Golovkin landed an overhand right and three jabs, then coupled it with a pair of right and left hooks. Just when it seemed like he was done, Golovkin came in with another hook, knocking Martirosyan down to the canvas and putting a swift end to the short but intense battle.

Martirosyan had not fought in 2 years and it really showed in this bout with Golovkin. The stats tell the same story. Golovkin landed 43% of his total punches and 53% of his power shots, while Martirosyan landed just 25% of his punches and 32% of his power shots. Try as he might, Martirosyan was simply no match for the mighty Golovkin.

“It feels great to get a knockout,” said Golovkin. “Vanes is a very good fighter. He caught me a few times in the first round. In the second round, I came out all business.”

Before the main event, Cecilia Braekhus (33-0, 9 KOs) defeated her opponent Kali Reis (13-7-1, 4 KOs) in a difficult battle ending in a unanimous decision. It was a historic night as this was the first time HBO had televised a female boxing match.

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