GGG vs Martirosyan

Gennady Golovkin (GGG) vs Vanes Martirosyan Live Stream IBF WBA WBC World Middleweight Title / 12RDS watch StubHub Center, Carson, 11pm ET HBO

It’s not Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, or even close to it thanks to the latter being suspended for a positive drug test, but Saturday’s bout with Vanes Martirosyan is another chance to see “GGG” in action, and that’s good enough to be worth your attention. A co-feature between Cecilia Braekhus and Kali Reis combines for what should be an entertaining HBO Boxing card.

The main event and co-feature are all that are televised, beginning at 11 p.m. ET on HBO. Live streaming online requires a subscription service that carries HBO proper, such as Playstation Vue or SlingTV. It can also be streamed — delayed — via HBO GO.

Martirosyan is a journeyman, with a 36-3-1 record over the course of his career. The most damning thing about this main event, compared to one with Alvarez, is that Martirosyan hasn’t even fought in two years. He’s also lost two of his last three, though he insists he isn’t a pushover and is eager to prove everybody wrong.

Golovkin last beat Daniel Jacobs in 2017, and then fought to a draw against Alvarez. It’s likely a rematch with Alvarez is still in the cards, but there’s a ways to go before that can happen, and Golovkin certainly can’t sleepwalk through a veteran like Martirosyan.

If Golovkin wins on Saturday, he will tie Bernard Hopkins’ middleweight record for consecutive title defenses at 20, and he’ll do it having fought, generally, better competition over the course of his reign.

Braekhus has been the women’s welterweight champion for the past nine years, and has 21 consecutive title defenses of her own. He last bout was a win over Mikaela Lauren in October 2017.

Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Saturday, on TV and online. Below that is the televised fight card.