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Photos: Golovkin, Martirosyan - Face To Face at Final Presser

It’s a night for the record books when HBO Sports presents WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: GENNADY GOLOVKIN VS. VANES MARTIROSYAN AND CECILIA BRAEKHUS VS. KALI REIS, to be seen SATURDAY, MAY 5 at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will call the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. (photos by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos).

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The fights will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming services.

Undefeated middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, now living in Los Angeles, takes on Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) from Abovyan, Armenia, now living in Glendale, Calif., in a 12-round championship bout.

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Golovkin, 36, looks to defend his middleweight title successfully for the 20th time, a feat previously accomplished only by surefire Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins. Despite battling Canelo Alvarez to a stirring 12-round draw last September, Golovkin boasts an astonishing 87% knockout-to-win ratio. He’s coming off back-to-back efforts against Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs, perhaps the finest opponents in the 160-pound division.

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Martirosyan, 31, is moving from the super welterweight division to 160 pounds to challenge “GGG,” and will be seeking a title for the third time.

Both fighters were amateur standouts who appeared in the 2004 Olympic Games, with Martirosyan representing his adopted nation of America, while Golovkin won a silver medal for Kazakhstan. Boasting a combined pro record of 73-3-2, 54 KOs, Golovkin and Martirosyan have a 94% winning percentage.

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The opening bout marks the first women’s boxing match on HBO, with Cecilia Braekhus of Cartagena, Colombia (32-0, 9 KOs) meeting Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs) from Providence, RI, in a ten-round welterweight title bout. Braekhus seeks to extend her nine-year world championship reign in her 22nd consecutive title defense.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Real boxer on 05-04-2018

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;18735407]Then what do you have to do my dude? Emancipate yourself from those feelings or play those cards and making those feelings inside you and inside the men you're dealing with growing even more?[/QUOTE] You just live life. Its not…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 05-04-2018

[QUOTE=Thai Larryxxxxx;18735396]Its always been tribal here.[/QUOTE] Then what do you have to do my dude? Emancipate yourself from those feelings or play those cards and making those feelings inside you and inside the men you're dealing with growing even more?

Comment by Real boxer on 05-04-2018

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;18735384]Yeah, the worst thing is you have guys like Dontae boxing nation supposed to be medias thinking like that. This guy is nuts and making videos where he straight called GGG a fraud when Abel received Dontae in big bear…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 05-04-2018

[QUOTE=turnedup;18734172][B]Dude you have a gang of dudes on here who rode Broner and Russell Jr's nuts super hard and want to act like we don't remember. [/B]There are super double standards for some fighters. The level of criticism doesn't apply…

Comment by factsarenice on 05-04-2018

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;18732572]I think thinking about Vanes as a scrub is a big mistake. Dude is a spoiler and only lost to southpaws who moves a lot (Andrade, Lara), I thought he had a draw with Jermell and Jermell was on his…

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