GGG will fight minus Canelo, add in Martirosyan
May 01, 2018 3:00 AM
by Alan Berg
This was supposed to be a great week for boxing.
This was supposed to be the big GGG vs. Canelo 2 rematch live from T-Mobile Arena in Vegas over Cinco de Mayo weekend, May 5, but then came Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s positive tests for clenbuterol a banned substance in boxing.
Recently Canelo did submit a hair follicle to the Nevada State Athletic Commission that tested negative, making his story about eating contaminated meat in Mexico more likely to be the truth. The drug can be detected in hair for months, unlike urine which is less than a week, according to Dan Rafael’s report on ESPN.
So now we are left with a cancelled fight in Vegas. Gennady Golovkin still wanted to fight and will now travel to Carson, California and the Stub Hub Center for a meeting with Vanes Martirosyan. The fight moved from HBO PPV to regular HBO this Saturday.
Now, I would love to give a real breakdown of this fight, but it’s a simple one. GGG is going to win. He is a -3000 to -3500 betting favorite.
Martirosyan hasn’t fought in two years. He is moving up in weight to take this fight. The best result of his career is technical draw with Erislandy Lara back in 2012. Martirosyan is a scrappy, ugly prizefighter. He uses his jab to keep the fight at a distance, but doesn’t possess any elite level ability. His pure awkward style keeps him in fights.
While this might go the distance or into the late rounds it’s highly unlikely GGG loses more than a round or two. Golovkin’s bodywork is top class and Martirosyan has never shown the type of power GGG would be concerned with.