Instead, Golovkin finds himself back in his adopted home in Southern California, where he's making a fraction of that potential payday to fight a gritty veteran contender with nothing to lose in a famous outdoor ring where insane things happen regularly.
Golovkin landed 36 of overall 84 punches (42.9 percent) in the abbreviated night's work, while Martirosyan connected with 18 of 73 (24.7 percent).
Golovkin and Alvarez were supposed to fight again Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where they fought to a controversial 12-round draw September 16.
"Every punch was the same power and that surprised me", Martirosyan said. 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". He is the longest-reigning current world champion, and now has tied Bernard Hopkins for the most consecutive title defenses in the middleweight division.
Instead, Canelo was replaced by Vanes Martirosyan. "It wasn't my fault my first opponent couldn't fight".
Two rounds in and Golovkin already had the fight done and dusted.
"She told me Gennady Golovkin". "We've left no stone unturned, we've had an awesome camp, if they pulled him (Forero) out today, and brought in a world champion, we are ready to go, we are ready to fight and ready to win".
The 36-year-old Golovkin also owns the IBF title, but the IBF declined to sanction Golovkin-Martirosyan as a title fight. "I" m still champion of the world. All three judges saw Ceballo a shutout victor with 40-36 scorecards over Phan, who's 0-6-1 since beginning his career with three consecutive victories.
Yes, the man who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday will receive a bumper pay-day for doing the honourable thing by the sport and providing Golovkin with an opponent but some things aren't worth the cash and in GGG he'll face a bear with a sore head.
That fight seems unlikely to happen, since Alvarez's suspension will be up in time for a rematch in September. The veteran boxing writer said WBC light middleweight champ Jermell Charlo and WBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders are seriously being considered. When "Canelo" comes back it is going to be under boxing's biggest spotlight and it behooves Golovkin to be in the ring against him.
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