UNIFIED WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin was determined to box still on May 5, even when Canelo Alvarez pulled out of their scheduled rematch after failing a drug test. His fight has moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and he gets a new opponent in Vanes Martirosyan.
“When my fight with Canelo was cancelled I never stopped training. I wanted a fight on Cinco De Mayo. I stayed in Big Bear working hard with Abel hoping I would still be able to have a fight,” Golovkin said. “I am glad to be back in the ring and giving a fight to my fans. I am happy that Cinco De Mayo will still have boxing. It is good for the sport. I want to stay active. I would like to fight four or five times every year. Cinco De Mayo is a big night for a fight and for a Mexican-Style fighter like me. It is very important to me to be fighting again, to be fighting on Cinco De Mayo. I didn’t want to disappoint the fans who wanted a fight on a Mexican holiday. I am grateful to the Mexican fans who support me and who supported me after the fight with Canelo and during the past two months.
“This fight is very important for boxing. Fans should not have to miss having a fight on Cinco De Mayo. This is my gift to the sport. Thank you to everyone for watching me and supporting me.”