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Gennady Golovkin returns with second round knockout

Gennady Golovkin was supposed to be fighting Canelo Alvarez again tonight. Instead, it was Vanes Martirosyan across the ring. And GGG didn’t take long to take care of business.

After a solid first round that saw both men do some good work, Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO) working behind a strong jab and Martirosyan landing a couple of good power shots, the Kazakh champion came out looking for blood in round two, unleashing an uppercut that ultimately doomed Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KO).

He landed the uppercut, Martirosyan tried to tie him up, and then Golovkin went banana, landing an overhand right, three jabs, another pair of rights, a left hook, another right, and another hook, putting Martirosyan down for the 10 count.

It was what many expected of the fight, after Martirosyan, a natural junior middleweight, hadn’t fought for two years, and that speaks to the good and bad of the matchup. But Martirosyan gave it an honest effort, coming out unafraid of GGG, before reality set in in the second round. Golovkin was just too strong for him.

Golovkin landed 36 of 84 (43%) total punches, and 16 of 30 (53%) of his power shots. Martirosyan landed 18 of 73 (25%) of his punches, and 10 of 31 (32%) of his power shots.

Hard right uppercut, Martirosyan tried to tie up, overhand right landed, jab, jab, jab, another right hand, poking right, left hook, another right, another hook

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