GGG’s First Non- Pay-Per-View Fight Since 2016
Produces Cable TV’s No. 1-Rated Boxing Telecast in 2018
on HBO World Championship Boxing®
and a Record Box Office for StubHub Center!
 LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2018) — He came, He saw, He conquered.  And he did it  Mexican Style!  Refusing to let boxing be held hostage on its biggest day, Cinco De Mayo, undefeated World Middleweight Champion GENNADY  “GGG” GOLOVKIN’s Big Drama Show made a triumphant return to HBO.  Last Saturday, in his first non-pay-per-view event since 2016.  Golovkin (38-0-1 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, currently boxing’s longest-reigning world champion (since 2010), defended his title for the 20th consecutive and division-record-tying time.  Saturday’s victim was fellow 2004 Olympian and three-time world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs), from Glendale, Calif., who was counted out in the second round of their battle at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  It was the first time Martirosyan had ever been stopped.  The Golovkin vs. Martirosyan main event registered 1,249,000 viewers and peaked at 1,361,000 viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.  Those figures make Golovkin vs. Martirosyan the No. 1-rated cable fight for 2018 and the top-rated premium cable fight since 2016 — Golovkin’s title defense against Dominic Wade — which took place at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
            The opening bout — HBO’s first-ever telecast of a women’s fight live on the service — averaged a sensational 904,000 viewers.  The 10-round unanimous decision victory by World Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (33-0, 9 KOs), from Norway, boxing’s only undisputed world champion, over former WBC middleweight champion Kali Reis (13-7-1, 4 KOs), from Providence, Rhode Island, peaked at 1,024,000 viewers.  Even more impressive, Braekhus’ debut was the second-highest-rated fight on HBO this year.
            “Gennady Golovkin may be the champion of the middleweight division but he delivers knockout ratings with a heavyweight punch,” said Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler.  “Gennady continues to rack up the records,  Not only did he tie Bernard Hopkins’ consecutive title defense record, it took Gennady two less years to accomplish that feat.  Gennady also added two more StubHub Center milestones to his long list of accomplishments.  In addition to owning the boxing attendance record at StubHub Center, which he set in 2014 against Marco Rubio, he also shattered the venue’s record for the highest-grossing boxing event and merchandise sales on Saturday night.  That makes Gennady a StubHub Center Triple Crown winner!   Besides StubHub Center, the Big Drama Show has sold out many of the most iconic arenas, including The Forum, Madison Square Garden and the O2 Arena.  Make no mistake, this is just the beginning.  Gennady is ready to return to the ring as soon as it can be scheduled.”
* HOT From Post-Fight Media Central *
Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press:  “Only 1 Fighter to Blame in Golovkin – Alvarez Mess”
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports:  “Gennady Golovkin Gave Boxing Fans the Cinco De Mayo Celebration Canelo Alvarez Couldn’t”
Mark Whicker, Los Angeles Daily News:  “Golovkin Says He Wants Canelo.  Martirosyan Says Canelo Doesn’t Want That”
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times:  “Gennady Golovkin Says He Wants Canelo Alvarez After Knocking Out Martirosyan in Two Rounds”
Keith Idec, BoxingScene.com:  “Martirosyan:  Now I Know Why Canelo’s Eating That Kind of Meat!”
Dan Rafael, ESPN.com:  “Gennady Golovkin Wants a Test — Drug Screening on  Canelo Alvarez”
Dan Greenspan, Associated Press:  “Golovkin Makes Short Work of Martirosyan with 2nd Round KO”
Keith Idec, BoxingScene.com:  “Abel Sanchez: Golovkin’s Power Would Have Been Difference vs. Hopkins” 
Corey Erdman, BoxingScene.com:  “What’s Left For Gennady Golovkin to Prove?”
Josh Gross, The Guardian:  “Gennady Golovkin, Denied Canelo Rematch, Destroys Martirosyan in Two”
Doug Fischer, The Ring:  “Gennady Golovkin Blasts Vanes Martirosyan in Two Rounds”
Josh Katzowitz, Forbes:  “Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan Weekend Highlights and Fight Review (video)”
Steve Kim, UCNLive.com:  “Cinco De StubHub”
Keith Idec, BoxingScene.com: “Abel Sanchez:  GGG Won’t Be Unified Champ; Saunders Won’t Fight Him”
Kieran Mulvaney, Inside HBO Boxing:  “Golovkin Flattens Martirosyan Inside Two Rounds”
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports:  “Gennady Golovkin Easily Takes Care of Business with Second-Round KO of Vanes Martirosyan”
Mark Whicker, Los Angeles Daily News:  “Gennady Golovkin’s Frustrations Land on Vanes Martirosyan’s Head in Second-Round Knockout”
Gilbert Manzano, Las Vegas Review-Journal:  “Gennady Golovkin Stops Vanes Matrirosyan in 2nd Round”
Dan Rafael, ESPN.com:  “Gennady Golovkin Beats Vanes Martirosyan, Ties Bernard Hopkins’ Defense Record”
Gayle Falkenthal, Communities Digital News:  “Fight Fiesta as Fists Fly:  Golovkin Makes Quick Work of Martirosyan”
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports:  “Cecilia Braekhus Retains Title Amid Boos After Tough Fight vs. Kali Reis”
Dan Rafael, ESPN.com:  “Cecilia Braekhus Defeats Kali Reis in a Hard-Fought Bout, Retains Four Welterweight Titles”
Kieran Mulvaney, Inside HBO Boxing:  “Braekhus Bounces Off the Canvas to Claim Unanimous Decision Victory
Doug Fischer, The Ring:  “Cecilia Braekhus Outpoints Game Kali Reis, Remains Undisputed Welterweight Champ”
The Golovkin – Martirosyan world championship event was promoted by GGG promotions, in association with Don King Productions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and sponsored by Tecate, Chivas Regal, Jordan and Hublot.  Both fights were televised live  by HBO beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
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