By Michael Shepherd / @mshep10
Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), 35, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Santa Monica, California, didn’t waste any time dropping and stopping Vanes Martirosyan who took the fight on 4 weeks notice.
Vanes Martirosyan had one good moment in the opening round when a right-left combination backed Golovkin up. But GGG put him away with ease in the second round. He rocked Martirosyan, (36-4-1, 21 KOs), 31, with a right uppercut. He then landed a pair of rights and two left hooks to drop Martirosyan to the floor. Martirosyan, who had never previously been stopped in his 13 year professional career. The official time of the stoppage was 1:53 of the second round.
“It was like being hit by a train,” Martirosyan said. “It wasn’t one punch. It was all of his punches. It was the hardest I have ever been hit.”
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Golovkin landed 36 of 85 punches (43 percent), and Martirosyan connected on 18 of 73 (25 percent).
Undisputed women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus made history in the final run-up to the main event, with a hard fought Unanimous decision over challenger Kali Reis in the first women’s bout aired on HBO.
Braekhus, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO title belts, was a 97-92,96-93 and 96-93 winner despite suffering the first knockdown of her pro career in the seventh round.
Reis, a former WBC middleweight champion had won three straight before facing Braekus, was outworked and outskilled through the first six rounds before dropping Braekhus with a short, straight right hand along the ropes in the seventh.
The champion bounced right up and didn’t appear hurt, but the bout was surely more competitive down the stretch.
Many of the fans at the stunbhub Center, in fact, booed the announcement that Braekhus had won.
Afterward, Braekhus said. “She gave me a tough fight. She was bigger, heavier than me and I could feel it in her punches. She’s the hardest puncher I’ve fought.”