After a lot of speculation, it has now been confirmed that Gennady Golovkin will still be let loose in the ring on 5th May. Although, it is quite a shake up to the original plans.
The man from Kazakhstan will no longer be traveling to the T-Mobile Arena for a bout with Mexican Saul Álvarez but instead he will be at the StubHub in California where he will face Vanes Martirosyan. It will be a contest of which Golovkin, who is yet to be beaten will put his WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles on the line.
Saturday, May 5 @StubHubCenter
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Today! Wednesday, April 18 at 10 A.M. PT
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) April 18, 2018
Back in September last year Golovkin had been denied what was a highly controversial win on points over Alvarez. With many believing that the result of a draw was unjust and that Golovkin was the rightful winner, a rematch was scheduled. However, after shocking revelation’s coming out that Álvarez had failed a drug test the fight was put under intense jeopardy. He tested positive for a banned substance clenbuterol. Fears of an abandoned fight were then made reality a few weeks on when the Mexican withdrew from the rematch.
The attention now for Golovkin though, must turn to his new opponent Martirosyan. An Armenian born American fighter with a very respectable record to his name. Martirosyan (36-3-1) has claimed 23 wins via knockout and Golovkin has been quick to highlight the importance of the fight against him. He said the following in a release, “Vanes Martirosyan is now the most important fight of my career. He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him.”
By taking this fight at short notice the Kazakh has put himself in a possible dilemma of being stripped of his IBF title. This comes after failing to take the mandatory challenge of Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0). The Russian has 10 knockouts to his name and may been seen as a more testing opponent compared to Martirosyan, a man who hasn’t fought since his fight against Erislandy Lara for the WBA and IBF titles back in 2016, which he lost.
A rematch between Golovkin and Álvarez is almost definitely going to happen in the future. However, for the time being both must focus on the tasks ahead of them in the coming weeks and months. It was recently revealed that Álvarez will serve a six-month ban for testing positive on clenbuterol. So, it will be very crucial that he maintains his physical ability and trains hard during that period. On the other hand, Golovkin must ensure he puts all of his focus into the upcoming challenge of Martirosyan. There has been rumours that all being well the potential rematch could take place as earlier as September this year.