It’s being billed as the toughest fight of his life as former super-welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan steps up to the plate to battle middleweight king Gennady Golovkin on May 5th.
In a long-drawn-out process, Vanes was eventually chosen due to his popularity in Los Angeles due to Golovkin deciding to move away from a headlining fight in Las Vegas.
A look at the betting for the fight shows bookies are going for a certain Golovkin win, although Martirosyan will be aiming to rip up the form book and cause one of the biggest upsets in recent years.
The collapse of a lucrative rematch with Canelo Alvarez meant ‘GGG’ was forced to look elsewhere for his next challenge and Martirosyan had no hesitation in stepping up to the plate.
In previous interviews with WBN, Martirosyan has pleaded to be given his chance to fight the best around and they don’t come any bigger than the current pound for pound number one boxer in the world.
“I’m open to all offers. I want to know what the best deal is for me before I make a final decision,” Martirosyan told WBN last year when chasing a fight with Miguel Cotto.
“The Cotto fight is the one I want. They don’t have to go looking for it anywhere. It’s the easiest fight to make. They can even sign me as a fighter if they like. I mean if I do win, they’d have the option to make me their fighter. However they want to do it, I just want that fight.
“I’m ranked number three in the world and I do have the option for an Ishe Smith fight, but if Cotto wants to fight I’m here for that.
“I don’t want to lose the Ishe Smith opportunity, but obviously, Cotto is the bigger fight.
“If the Cotto fight doesn’t happen, then I’m okay with the Ishe Smith fight,” he added.
Finally getting his wish, Martirosyan faces an uphill battle and only has to look at the previous efforts of those stepping up in weight to take on Golovkin’s awesome power.
Kell Brook, a top-rated welterweight was beaten up and taken out in five rounds, whilst 154 pounder Lajuan Simon lasted less than three minutes back in 2011.
The only hope for Martirosyan could potentially be father time, as Golovkin is now 35 years old and been the subject of speculation he could be beginning to slow down.
Even then, the last thing a boxer loses is their brute force, so it could be a painful night for Martirosyan dependent on what kind of tactics he decides to use on Cinco de Mayo.