He knocked Martirosyan out as well, in the second round.
Martirosyan himself made the point after the fight at the StubHub Center ended with him being counted out after a flurry of blows from Golovkin early in the second round.
The lopsided odds were the byproduct of Martirosyan taking this fight on just 2½ weeks' notice, moving up one weight class and ending almost a two-year layoff against Golovkin. That pair fought to a controversial draw last September and a repeat battle would be arguably boxing's biggest fight of the year. However, Alvarez failed two Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug tests, causing the fight to be scrapped and landing him a six-month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission in April. Even at 154 pounds, Martirosyan was not known as a huge puncher, rather he is a hard worker who is known to come forward.
Fans, of course, want the fight.
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Golovkin said he would take on all comers, including Alvarez. Alvarez will be free to fight once his suspension ends in August. And of his fighter, Martiroysan, King said, "This may be the opportunity that Vanes is waiting on because yesterday's nobody, becomes tomorrow's somebody". On that note, slick southpaw Billy Joe Saunders still stands in Golovkin's way of becoming undisputed middleweight champion, as the Brit holds the WBO middleweight title. "I know that I can give him a lot more trouble that people expect, and a lot more trouble than other people he has fought".
Despite Saturday's main event coming together at the last minute, it was always going to be a hugely important match for Golovkin, as it was his 20th consecutive defense of his world championship titles.
"We were supposed to fight in June (2017) and then it was March and (Sulecki) pulled out", Martirosyan said. The fight was moved from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to Southern California and from HBO PPV to HBO, and Golovkin took a massive pay cut to keep the date alive. His pro record is 36-3-1 but lacks a big-name victory.
Golovkin has repeated the record in this weight category, having defended the world champion title in 20 duels in a row. Says Braekhus, who continues to hone her skills as she matures, "I am definitely another fighter today than I was ten years ago, and I always have to adapt to that, I always have to adapt to stay sharp".
Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya has insisted that Alvarez enroll in a drug testing program ahead of a rematch.