Golovkin vs Martirosyan Live Stream :
On this Cinco de Mayo Saturday, undefeated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will be stepping into the ring, Golovkin vs Martirosyan however, it just won’t be against the marquee opponent that everyone was expecting. Following the performance-enhancing drama that led to Canelo Alvarez’s removal from a much-anticipated rematch, GGG (37-0-1, 33 KOs) will now be facing off with Vanes Martirosyan.
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 11 p.m. ET |
Location: Stubhub Center – Carson, California
Martirosyan is the replacement opponent for Saul Canelo Alvarez. He dropped out of the fight a couple of weeks ago after testing positive for clenbuterol. Martirosyan was the best option for Triple G on short notice. Golovkin could have fought his IBF mandatory Sergey Derevyanchenko or Demetrius Andrade, but those are not the type of fighters that one takes on three weeks’ notice. Golovkin would need a lot more time to prepare for their styles than just three weeks.
Now, one important aspect of this fight to keep in mind is that only GGG’s WBA and WBO middleweight championships will be on the line. With Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) not being recognized by the IBF as the No. 1 contender in the division, a defense of that belt is off the table.
Martirosyan vs Golovkin – Live stream, watch online, fight start time
With no one gives Martirosyan any chance, Golovkin has to not only beat him but he also needs to make sure he defeats him in a style. If Golovkin struggles at any point in the fight on Saturday, it will be proof to his detractors that he skis a few steps and he’s not the fighter that he once was. It’s a no-win situation for Golovkin in other words. He’s not going to get credit for knocking out Martirosyan, and if he struggles at any point in the fight the critics will rip him apart and says he’s slipping. Martirosyan is a very good fighter though, who would make any top middleweight have to fight had to beat him.
While the scheduled fight with Canelo is not going down on Saturday as originally anticipated, all eyes will be on this fight to see whether the polarizing GGG can remain an unbeaten warrior. Should he pull off yet another win in his professional career, then given the six-month time period of Alvarez’s suspension, things should be lining up for the rematch we were all waiting for this September.
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) has everything to lose if he gets beaten by the 31-year-old Vanes. Not only would Golovkin lose his IBO, WBA and WBC belts, he would ruin a lot of the interest from the boxing public in his rematch with Saul Canelo Alvarez, which is supposed to take place on September 15. With the bundle of money GGG stands to make in the rematch with the still highly popular Canelo Alvarez, he clearly can’t lose to Martirosyan.
There’s obviously a lot not to like about Martirosyan, but he is still a very good fighter and he’s given problems to very good fighters in losing efforts.
A lot of boxing fans are overlooking the threat Martirosyan brings to the table in this fight. There are many bitter people saying that this fight isn’t worth watching, but they might not be familiar with Martirosyan. If anything, this fight is more intriguing than the Golovkin vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez fight, because Martirosyan is more of a pure slugger with much better power than what people expect.
Martirosyan isn’t going to run from Golovkin like his last two opponents Canelo and Daniel Jacobs.
Golovkin could have pleased the knowledgeable boxing fans if he had chosen to fight Derevyanchenko or Demetrius Andrade on May 5 instead of Martirosyan. However, Golovkin would have put himself in a tough spot by taking on those guys on short notice, and he wouldn’t get credit from the casual boxing fans for beating either of those guys.