Another historic one in the books last night. The big stars in boxing always seem to appear at the same time. May 5th was no exception. Matchroom Boxing like to hold events at times when people are celebrating anyway, hence the big card on a bank holiday. Cinoc de Mayo is also a huge holiday in Mexico and America which is why there was a lot of boxing from that region this weekend.
On HBO, Golovkin fought for the first time since the planned Canelo rematch fell apart. Canelo’s positive test for Clenbuterol put a spanner in the works of a highly anticipated rematch.
Golovkin’s opponent was on Vanes Martirosyan. GGG’s opponent had some success in the first round but he appeared to be biding his time until he found an opening. Golovkin flowed with the power of his foe’s shots and weathered the storm until he found that big shot. With his opponent rocked, Golovkin swarmed in with that destructive flurry he is known for and closed the show in round two.
Over on ESPN, stand-out young champ Ryan Garcia collected another win. The lightning quick super featherweight champ advances to 15-0 with his win over Jayson Velez. Many see Garcia as the bright future of boxing.
History repeated itself at the 02 as Tony Bellew stopped David Haye in the 5th round. This rematch was so dramatic. This was one of those fights that feels like you are watching theatre.
There is something about the way the ring, stadium and event is arranged that gives it a different quality to other boxing bouts. These big drama twelve rounders have a sheen to them, a glamorous supernatural glint. Also on the card was former Olympic medallist, Joe Joyce. The British prospect knocked out Lenroy Thomas on the way to capturing the commonwealth belt. This is his first pro title win in just four pro fights.
Boxing is in a great place right now. The dream matches are being made and they are making for riveting viewing. Come back for more on combat sports as well as entertainment and fitness.