- By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Golovkin KO's Martirosyan in 2
It was another battle Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California as undefeated world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, scored a second round knockout over Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) of Glendale, California on the HBO World Championship Boxing main event. Vanes came out the aggressor letting his hands go popping the jab and connecting Golovkin with a solid right. However in the following round Golovkin landed a pair of left hooks that hurt Vanes as Golovkin followed up with a vicious right dropping Vanes as referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count.
"It feels good to get a knockout. Vanes hit me in the first round with some good punches but in the second round I was all business,"
"I want everyone. Absolutely (When asked about fighting Canelo). I have lots of belts I challenge anyone.
"Happy Cinco de Mayo,"
The ladies made history as Cecilia Braekhus (32-0, 9 KOs), a native of Norway by way of Colombia and is trained by former world champion Lucia Rijker, squared off against Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs), of Providence, Rhode Islands making it the first ever televised women's bout on HBO. Braekhus boxed and dominated the first half but in the seventh round Reis dropped Braekhus with a short right hand and staggered her to close the eighth round. Despite being down and taking the big punches Braekhus was able to pull of the decision as the judges scored the bout 97-92, 97-92, 96-93.
Undefeated super lightweight Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin (22-0, 12 KOs), of Chattanooga, Tennessee by way of Cleveland, Ohio won a unanimous decision over Colombian veterans slugger Breidis Prescott (31-13, 22 KOs). A right uppercut by Martin in the fifth round dropped Prescott as he got up and continued to fight. Martin dominated the veteran slugger in route to a decision win.
Brian Ceballo (2-0, 1 KO), from Brooklyn won a unanimous decision over Nam Phan (3-6) in a scheduled four round bout. The prospect Ceballo dominated Phan in going the distance. All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
Kazakh super lightweight prospect Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Tijuana's Jesus Perez (21-1,16 KOs) as they squared off going the distance in a scheduled ten round bout.
Super flyweight Jesse Rodriguez (6-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas scored a third round knockout over Armando Vasquez (25-22-1, 7 KOs) of Mexicali opened things up at the Stub Hub Center. A straight left by Rodriguez did it as Vasquez was down referee Jerry Cantu reached a ten count at 2:18 of the third.
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