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Photos: Gennady Golovkin Destroys Vanes Martirosyan in Two

Gennady Golovkin won his 20th consecutive middleweight title defense with a second-round knockout of Vanes Martirosyan on Saturday night. (Photos by Ed Mulholland/HBO).

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Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) tied Bernard Hopkins' record for middleweight title defenses by sending Martirosyan down at 1:53 of the second round.

After being tagged with a strong three-punch combination from Martirosyan (36-4-1) late in the first round, Golovkin responded with a devastating charge in the second. He started the onslaught with a short left and pounced on the damaged Martirosyan, finally dropping him with two powerful lefts.

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The fight was arranged at the last minute after Golovkin's rematch with Canelo Alavarez fell apart. Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a draw last September and were set to meet again in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo before Alvarez was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission in April after failing a March drug test.

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With the lucrative fight against Alvarez scuttled until this fall at the earliest, Golovkin was eventually able to put together a replacement bout in Southern California, where he built up a strong following with a series of title defenses at StubHub Center and the Forum. Despite short notice and a modest card, promotors expected Golovkin to draw a record-crowd for boxing at StubHub Center of more than 9,000.

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Golovkin said he would take on all comers, including Alvarez.

"I want everyone," Golovkin said. "I have a lot of belts. I challenge anyone to come and take my belts. I don't care who. Let's clean out the division."

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In the first women's fight on HBO in the cable network's 45-year history of broadcasting boxing, undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (33-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision win over Kali Reis (13-7-1).

Braekhus won 97-92, 96-93 and 96-93 on the three scorecards despite being knocked down to one knee by a hard right from Reis in the seventh round. Reis nearly dropped Braekhus again in the eighth with another hard right, and the crowd booed when the result was announced after Reis' late charge.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pozomuro on 05-06-2018

[QUOTE=Input1914;18743441]Yeah I wondered if GGG was actually hurt a little. Made me wonder if his chin is starting to fade a little.....[/QUOTE] He actually said so in the post fight interview. He said he was caught with a couple of…

Comment by NotaPachugger on 05-06-2018

Two under sized opponents in last five five fights. Last fight was completed sewage. The sheer meaning of "Cherry Picking". Can not even sell out a venue

Comment by Gennadyevich on 05-06-2018

I got a fooking boner from that performance. What a guy the man the myth genad hitting with that thunder. Jeff horn is next the big stiff idiot.

Comment by MASTERBX on 05-06-2018

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;18743400]And YOU ARE THE DUMBEST DUMBASS ON BOXINGSCENE![/QUOTE] Coming from you that's a compliment! BTW how is #48 doing? Haven't watched him fight live since TBE made him irreverent.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 05-06-2018

Will be that special belt on stake when GGG faces a middleweight?

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