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GGG Gennady Golovkin destroys Vanes Martirosyan in Round 2 for his 34th career KO

Carson, California  –  It wasn’t the superfight that boxing fans were hoping for, but “GGG” Gennady Golovkin (38-0, 34 KO’s) still returned to action with a bang against short-notice challenger Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KO’s). Though originally scheduled to face Saul Alvarez in a rematch for the ages, ‘Canelo’ tested positive for clenbuterol and was later suspended for six months.

Numerous potential substitutes for Canelo were mentioned including the likes of Demetrius AndradeBillie Jo Saunders and Gary O’Sullivan – but it was the Armenian born fighter Martirosyan who was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.

Vanes capitalised on this chance with a brilliant first round. Quick and effective in his counter-striking, pushing the pace whilst being somewhat weary of Golovkin’s attacks, Martirosyan landed almost at will, including the best punch of the round.

GGG, evidently frustrated, came out a different animal in the second, stalking the prey that stood in front of him. A monster left hook sent Martirosyan back and a barrage of punches saw Martirosyan crash to the canvas and fail to make the 10 count, awarding Golovkin a 2nd round KO victory.

Cecilia Braekhus (33-0, 9 KO’s) again reigned supreme with a hard-earnt decision victory over Kali Reis (13-7-1, 4 KO’s). Despite seeing the canvas for the first time in her career, Braekhus came off the floor to claim victory with scorecards of (96-93, 96-93, 97-92).

The pound-for-pound queen retained her crown and said she will be open to face Reis again, insisting she was a good match-up.

Ryan Martin (22-0, 11-0 KO’s) scored a points victory over Breidis Prescott (31-13, 23 KO’s) with scorecards of (79-71, 79-71, 77-73).

The 25-year-old was happy to work behind the jab early on, respecting Prescott’s well known power and early danger.

In round 4, Martin landed an illegal punch sending Prescott to the canvas, where a point was deducted. However, Martin kept working to the body and dropped his opponent one round later. It was smooth sailing from there on out for the young American.

Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5 KO’s) claimed a career-best victory with a win over fellow undefeated fighter Jesus Perez (21-1 16 KO’s).

Madiev landed power punches on Perez for the majority of the bout but only troubled his opponent in the ninth round, twice sending him into the ropes.

The Kazakhstan native, also under the guidance of Golovkin’s Abel Sanchez won the fight with scorecards of (99-91-, 97-93, 97-93).


Full Card results

. IBO, WBA, WBC Middleweight world title bout – Gennady Golovkin def. Vanes Martirosyan via KO (R2)

. IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, WBO Female Welterweight title bout – Cecilia Breakhus def. Kali Reis via decision (Unanimous) – (96-93, 96-93, 97-92)

. Junior Welterweight bout – Ruslan Madiev def. Jesus Perez via decision (Unanimous) – (99-91, 97-93, 97-93)

. Junior Welterweight bout – Ryan Martin def. Breidis Prescott via decision (Unanimous) – (79-71, 79-71, 77-73)

. Junior Flyweight bout – Jesse Rodriguez def. Armando Vasquez via KO (R3)

. Welterweight bout – Brian Ceballo def. Nam Phan via decision (Unanimous) – (40-36 x3)


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