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Gennady Golovkin beats Vanes Martirosyan for record-equalling 20th title defence

Gennady Golovkin beats Vanes Martirosyan for record-equalling 20th title defence

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The Kazakh fighter defeated Armenian-born Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub Center - the home of LA Galaxy - in California. It wasn't just one punch. The champ is coming off his first blemish last September in a split-decision draw with Canelo Alvarez. After Alvarez failed random drug testing in February, canceling the Canelo vs. GGG fight, Spike O'Sullivan almost claimed the ticket but talks fell through when the money on the table failed to entice the Irishman.

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Golovkin landed 36 of 85 punches (43 percent) and Martirosyan, who admitted GGG was the hardest puncher he had ever faced, found the target on 18 of 73 (25 percent).

"He's waiting for the opportunity and Saunders doesn't want to fight him".

Hail the champ: Gennady Golovkin, right, is congratulated by Vanes Martirosyan.

"I do not think so much about the business side of it", Golovkin told reporters on Wednesday.

When the Nevada Athletic Commission finally handed down Alvarez's six-month suspension last month, it was already clear Golovkin would have to wait for their fight.

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Golovkin has attempted for years to hold all four major belts simultaneously, and he has been the WBA, WBC and IBF champion since 2015.

With the lucrative fight against Alvarez scuttled until later in the year, Golovkin was eventually able to put together a replacement bout in Southern California. When we got the call for the fight they asked me if I could be 176 (pounds a few days later) and I weighed in that day at 174 or 175 (for a WBC weight check). He was back to his knees as Reiss got late in the count, then went back down as he got to 10. With Saturday's victory, he joins American Bernard Hopkins for the division record of 20 successful title defences. He TKO'd Marco Antonio Rubio in two rounds there in 2014.

In steps Martirosyan (36-3-1). "I have a lot of belts".

BC-BOX-Golovkin-Martirosyan, 353 Golovkin makes short work of Martirosyan with 2nd round KOEds: APNewsNow.

That fight seems unlikely to happen, since Alvarez's suspension will be up in time for a rematch in September. Golovkin continued to trade punches in the second round, hoping a solid punch would change the complexion of the match, and it did.

Golovkin is bothered by it, but he's still fighting Martirosyan.


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