Historically, Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day weekend's are marquee, pay-per-view worthy events on the annual Boxing calendar. Fittingly, the biggest names in our sport, legends the likes of Oscar dela Hoya and Floyd Mayweather proudly represented prizefighting on those dates. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was deemed next in line to take the mantle and has been penciled in for the last few May/September bouts in recent memory. Canelo won’t be fighting this Saturday, May 5th, however; instead Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin will square off against Vanes Martirosyan in an affair fight fans are settling for instead of anticipating. HBO will try to pick up the pieces and broadcast live from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, in lieu of a signed, sealed and ultimately undelivered venue in Las Vegas, on pay-per-view.
On February 17th, and again on February 20th, Canelo Alvarez tested positive for the performance enhancing drug, clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is known to increase stamina, the one clear and present flaw in Canelo's boxing game. Nonetheless, Team Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions staunchly argue and support Alvarez's innocence. They blamed contaminated Mexican meat, published negative test results in the immediate aftermath of the detection of clenbuterol in his system, and recently revealed a clean hair follicle sample. This was ultimately to no avail, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Canelo retroactive to the date of the first dirty test, February 17th. This precludes Alvarez, a Mexican icon, from fighting on his countries biggest holiday, arguably, yet clears him in time to revisit a rematch with Triple G in September.
Despite the stellar chin he's shown throughout his career, losing out on the payday of Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, Cinco de Mayo weekend on pay-per-view, had to stagger, if not drop Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO's) to his knees. Untold millions will never be recouped, thru no fault of his own. At 36, with the sands in the hour glass of his Boxing career dwindling away, it was in Triple G's best interest to fight anyways. When life gives you shitty lemons, you make shitty lemonade out of it, and almost on cue, Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KO's) expressed interest.
Martirosyan, a member of the 2004 United States Olympic Boxing team, will bring tough, Armenian pride and a devil may care attitude. A 154 pounder throughout his career, Vanes is moving up to 160 to challenge Triple G. Worse, he's been inactive for nearly 2 years and lost 3 of his last 6 bouts, 4-3-1 in his last 8 , once his level of opposition increased. Literally, Martirosyan has nothing to lose here, which should embolden him. But once he’s touched a time or three by Golovkin, reality will painfully set in. Triple G hasn’t registered a KO since his stoppage of Kell Brook in 2016. Pugilism Company fully expects that stretch to come to an end. Golovkin KO6.