Carson, CA, USA: Middle: Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1) W KO 2 Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1). Super Light: Ryan Martin (22-0) W PTS 8 Breidis Prescott (31-13). Super Light: Ruslan Madiev (12-0) W PTS 10 Jesus Perez (21-1).
Golovkin vs. Martirosyan
Not much of a surprise here as Golovkin blows away a fattened-up and rusty Martirosyan inside two rounds to retain the WBA, WBC and IBO titles.
For the first 30 seconds both fighters just probed with their jab and then Golovkin went on to the front foot shadowing the retreating Martirosyan and trying occasional rights. Martirosyan came forward a couple of times behind a good jab but did not land any serious punches Martirosyan ended the round well landing a straight left and a right cross to the head forcing Golovkin to give ground and probably did just enough to edge the round
Score 10-9 Martirosyan
Golovkin opened the round with a blazing right cross which had Martirosyan on skitter legs. He held on desperately and Golovkin swung him around and with Martirosyan badly shaken and off balance he dipped with his left knee touching the canvas. It was not a knockdown and Golovkin was pacing forward trying to land his right again with Martirosyan retreating and throwing jabs. Martirosyan looked to be recovering but then was nailed by two big rights which sent him to the ropes and Golovkin landed a left and a right and added another right as Martirosyan slumped to the floor where he lay face down and was counted out. It was pointed out that this was the twentieth title defence of the middleweight title for Golovkin equalling the 20 by Bernard Hopkins but if you do that then you are counting his ten defences of the secondary WBA title as he was not elevated to super champion until June 2014. Irrespective of that it gives the 36-year-old Kazak win No 34 by KO/TKO and it is now 13 years since he last lost a fight. That was to Egyptian Mohamed Hiklal in the preliminary round of the World Championships in 2005. He has said he is no longer interested in Saul Alvarez but that is surely too big a fight to let slide. Martirosyan’s was a lost cause from when the fight was first mooted and so it proved to be. He is really a super welter and he should return there. Despite almost two years without a fight he was No 1 with the WBC so it remains to be seen whether they penalise him for stepping in at such short notice and providing them with a sanctioning fee.
Martin vs. Prescott
Martin remains unbeaten with unanimous decision over fading veteran Prescott. He put Prescott down with a body punch in the fourth it looked legal but it was not counted as the referee decided it was low and Prescott was given some recovery time. He needed more time later in the round when Martin did land one below the belt and was deducted a point. Martin made that lost point up in the fifth flooring Prescott but the Colombian survived. Martin emerged a comfortable winner on scores of 79-71 twice and 77-73. The 25-year-old High School graduate from Chattanooga (as a Glen Miller fan naturally I have been there to see the actual Cho Cho) is a former USA Under-19 champion and US Junior Championships silver medallist. He has useful wins over 17-1 Bryant Cruz and 20-2 Francisco Rojo. Prescott, 35, has now lost 5 of his last 6 fights. I guess he will always be remembered for his 54 second blow out of Amir Khan in 2008.
Madiev vs. Perez
Madiev comes out on top in the contest between unbeaten fights with a comfortable decision over Mexican Perez. Scores 97-93 twice and 99-91. The 25-year-old Kazak, a stable mate of Golovkin, is a former Kazak Youth champion who competed at the World Youth Championships. He had too many good moves for the raw Perez who turned pro at 18 and has crammed 22 contests into two years as a pro and has a good win in Canada over David Theroux.
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