Madiyev defeats Mexican boxer on GGG vs. Martirosyan fight undercard

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Gennady Golovkin celebrates after defeating Vanes Martirosyan in their middleweight title boxing match. Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) is now in line to surpass Hopkins in the fall when he hopes to finally get that rematch with Alvarez.

Gennady Golovkin believes there is a question mark over whether his highly-anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez will take place in September and is open to fighting another opponent instead.

Gennady Golovkin will have one eye on history here Saturday as he chases a record-equalling defence of his world middleweight crown in a hastily-arranged showdown with Vanes Martirosyan. The Colombian slugger won his first 21 fights - including a first-round KO of future world champion Amir Khan - but is 10-13 since 2009. However, Alvarez was accused of doping and disqualified, so a month before the fight, it was replaced by Martirosyan.

The fight's promoters billed it as a record-tying 20th defense, but the WBA title that Golovkin won in 2010 was that organization's second-tier belt.

"The Golovkin fight is option No. 1 for Canelo, and we're going to do everything we can to get that fight made", Gomez said this week.

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"This is a sport to him, and the sport is the most important thing", said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez.

It was Golovkin's second career fight at the StubHub Center and his second abrupt exit.

So Golovkin's camp went to work on a late replacement bout for StubHub Center's outdoor ring among Los Angeles' savvy boxing fans. He is hardly alone on the list of Golovkin opponents to have felt this. So Martirosyan took the fight of his life on short notice.

Martirosyan compared the sequence to being hit by a truck immediately after the fight, then likened Golovkin's punches to being hit by a train in the press conference. I challenge anyone to come and take my belts. Vanes hadn't fought in almost two years, which is why the IBF threatened to strip GGG of his title belt if he went forward with the fight.

"He's 36 years old right now, and with all the boxing politics and just not being about to make a deal with Saunders, he knows there's a chance it might not happen", said Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's longtime promoter. Now it seems every middleweight in the world wants to fight him.

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