Gennady "GGG" Golovkin KO's Canelo Alvarez's Replacement In Two Rounds

Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan Predictions 5/5/18 Who Will Win?

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have installed Golovkin as a heavy favourite against the 32-year-old Martirosyan, who has 36 wins in 40 fights including 21 by knockout.

Golovkin ended the fight with a vicious series of right and left combinations that floored the heavy underdog Martirosyan, who appeared doomed from the outset of the hastily arranged fight at the StubHub Center.

Per Abel Sanchez' conversation with FIGHT SPORTS, both Golovkin and Alvarez' teams have been on the phone with one another since Alvarez' six month suspension began in April. Initially, Triple G was slated to face off against Canelo Alvarez in a rematch of their September 16 draw, but Canelo was forced to withdraw from the bout following two positive drug tests for clenbuterol.

The two times he did fight for a 154-pound world title he lost decisions, to Demetrius Andrade for a vacant belt in 2013 and, in a rematch of a head-butt induced technical draw, to then-titlist Erislandy Lara in May 2016. Alvarez was suspended following two failed drug tests for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol. "GGG" was almost stripped of the belt for choosing to fight Martirosyan rather than Derevyanchenko, and Golovkin might be forced to fulfill his mandatory defense later this year.

Betfair Sportsbook traders want nothing to do with taking Gennady on in this fight and that makes ideal sense.

"He's not being tested, and that tells a lot", Golovkin said.

A rematch between Golovkin and Alvarez could happen as early as September in what would be the biggest and most lucrative fight of 2018. But he's suspicious that Alvarez may have been doing something to bulk up to middleweight for their first fight, and angry that he was caught doping for the second. Martirosyan went down, and the 10-count brought the end of the bout. "I've been the champion for nine years".

There wasn't much for Golovkin to gain by beating Martirosyan, as odds better than 20-1 showed.

Within 90 days Golovkin will have to conduct the defense of the IBF belt against mandatory Challenger Ukrainian Sergey Derevyanchenko. Just 4-3-1 in his last eight fights, Martirosyan considers himself rested and ready to shock the sport. When "Canelo" comes back it is going to be under boxing's biggest spotlight and it behooves Golovkin to be in the ring against him. Fans would still like for Golovkin to face Alvarez - that rematch has to be made at this point. Fighting WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in England might pay well, but it is not likely to match HBO PPV.

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