World middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin tipped the scales right on the limit at 160 pounds (72.5kg) on Friday as he chases a record-equalling title defence against Vanes Martirosyan in Los Angeles.
Both Golovkin, born in Kazakhstan, and Martirosyan, born in Armenia, fight out of Southern California.
"The first round I was just looking, because I know he is a good fighter", the 36-year-old Golovkin said.
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) was originally scheduled to once again fight Canelo Alvarez following their controversial draw in September.
Gennady "GGG" Golovkin is uncertain if he will get a rematch against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September, according to ESPN.
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Gennady Golovkin as a massive favorite at tonights fight against Vanes Martirosyan proved once more that boxing odd-makers though not flawless still knows their stuff very well.
Betfair Sportsbook traders want nothing to do with taking Gennady on in this fight and that makes ideal sense. "Of course, I want to", Golovkin said.
Martirosyan compared the sequence to being hit by a truck immediately after the fight, then likened Golovkin's punches to being hit by a train in the press conference.
Golovkin, nicknamed Triple G, is the current WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion.
When Martirosyan was first rumored as one of the potential Alvarez replacements, his inclusion on that list was viewed as a joke to many. He caught me a few times in the first round.
A win by Golovkin and he will tie Bernard Hopkins for most consecutive middleweight title defenses at 20. "I" m still champion of the world.
In steps Martirosyan (36-3-1).
There wasn't much for Golovkin to gain by beating Martirosyan, as odds better than 20-1 showed. I would say only about 10 percent that it happens.
With his father standing behind him, Martirosyan has his own reasons to contend for the championship belt. The NSAC suspended Alvarez for six months April 18 for failing two performance-enhancing drug tests in February. Golovkin continued to trade punches in the second round, hoping a solid punch would change the complexion of the match, and it did. The veteran boxing writer said WBC light middleweight champ Jermell Charlo and WBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders are seriously being considered.
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