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Gennady Golovkin Confirms Opponent For Cinco De Mayo Title Defense

Gennady Golovkin confirmed his opponent for his Cinco de Mayo title-defense following the recent withdrawal of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan from the running.

It really did seem for a while as though Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan would be the one who would get the nod to face off against the unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin after the withdrawal of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez from their eagerly anticipated rematch on Cinco de Mayo.

Things didn’t go as planned for Spike, though, and with him left opponentless, many had wondered whether Triple G would still make the walk to the ring on May 5. Today, however, Vanes Martirosyan answered the call and as a result, will take on the seemingly impossible challenge that Golovkin will present over twelve rounds in the Stubhub Center, Carson, California.

Golovkin announced the bout through his official Twitter account earlier today:

Martirosyan holds a pro-record of 36-3-1 and while he has competed for several titles in the past, the oddsmakers will no doubt be especially tough on his chances as he attempts to upset one of the world’s top pound-for-pound talents.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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