By Steve Kim
Despite the fact that neither middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or Vanes Martirosyan are of Mexican descent, their fight this weekend at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, has been named 'Mexican Style'.
But Martirosyan, a late minute opponent said last week to the media - "They picked the right guy to put on a show, 'Mexican-style' fighting, Cinco De Mayo. There's no Mexican in there but it's going to feel like that."
The two boxers will collide in an HBO televised main event on Cinco De Mayo.
Vanes promised ''come-forward fighting'' against the formidable Golovkin who has scored 33 knockouts in 38 professional bouts (37-0-1).
"My fights, my losses if you look at it, soon as they taste my power they start running and Gennady he has my respect. He comes to fight, I'm going to come to fight. It's going to answer a lot of questions about him and me and it's going to show where I belong in the sport," said Martirosyan, who has mark of 36-3-1(21 KO's).
"I always get frustrated chasing guys in the ring and I don't get to chase Golovkin. So it's going to be a fight. He's going to hit me, I'm going to hit him. We're going to bump for sure."
Despite the steep odds and having to move up in weight, Martirosyan insists - "I don't care, I'm going to stand in front of him. I'm not afraid to get hit and I've never really seen anyone stand in front of him and take his punches and give them back. As soon as they get him from him they try to get on defense and try to move away.
"We'll see what answers he has when he hits me and the guy is still in front of him, he's there and he's hitting him back."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.