GGG vs. Martirosyan live stream: How to watch the fight online
The top two pound-for-pound best boxers in the world will be in action from the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday. The first is Genneady Golovkin, the middleweight king with a 37-0-1 record, who will be defending his WBA (Super), WBC and IBO titles against Vanes Martirosyan after his rematch with Canelo Alvarez was cancelled. The second is Cecilia Braekhus, who will be defending her WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF welterweight titles against Kali Reis.
The action begins at 11 p.m. ET on HBO, and only those two bouts are part of the televised card. Fortunately, they’re both worth watching, even if Martirosyan isn’t the best opponent for “GGG” right now. The card can be live streamed online via a subscription to a service that carries HBO proper, such as Playstation Vue or SlingTV. Such services typically offer free trials, as well.
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Golovkin’s last bout was in September 2017, when he and Alvarez fought to a draw. Many thought Golovkin won but, of course, many thought the opposite as well. Prior to that bout, Golovkin was very impressive in a decision victory over Daniel Jacobs.
After the Alvarez fight was cancelled, there was a scramble for a new opponent. Spike O’Sullivan was mentioned as a possible replacement, while the IBF wanted Golovkin to give mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko the bout. They granted him an exception, and other names like Demetrius Andrade and Billy Joe Saunders were floated as potential opponents.
The bout with Martirosyan wasn’t at the top of anybody’s list, but at the very least, Golovkin is staying active and we should get to see a nice showcase of his talents in advance of a potential bout with Derevyanchenko or a rematch with Alvarez.
Golovkin is going for his 20th consecutive title defense, which would tie Bernard Hopkins for the all-time record at the weight class.
Martirosyan has lost two of his last three, and has n’t fought since a May 2016 loss to Erislandy Lara. His last win was over Ishe Smith in September 2015.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Saturday, on TV and online. Below that is the televised fight card.
How to watch GGG vs. Martirosyan
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 11 p.m. ET
Online Streaming: HBO GO (delayed), Playstation Vue, SlingTVOn this Cinco de Mayo Saturday, undefeated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will be stepping into the ring, however, it just won’t be against the marquee opponent that everyone was expecting. Following the performance-enhancing drama that led to Canelo Alvarez’s removal from a much-anticipated rematch, GGG (37-0-1, 33 KOs) will now be facing off with Vanes Martirosyan.
Now, one important aspect of this fight to keep in mind is that only GGG’s WBA and WBO middleweight championships will be on the line. With Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) not being recognized by the IBF as the No. 1 contender in the division, a defense of that belt is off the table.
While the scheduled fight with Canelo is not going down on Saturday as originally anticipated, all eyes will be on this fight to see whether the polarizing GGG can remain an unbeaten warrior. Should he pull off yet another win in his professional career, then given the six-month time period of Alvarez’s suspension, things should be lining up for the rematch we were all waiting for this September.Though it’s not the superfight most were expecting and hoping for, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will still put his WBA (super), WBC, IBF and IBO world middleweight titles on the line when he takes on Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan inside the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Saturday night.
The main TV card, which opens with a bout between unbeaten women’s welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus and Kali Reis, starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT and will be on HBO (not PPV). Even if you don’t have cable, you can still watch HBO and the fights live on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services: