You can’t always get what you want. Boxing fans hardly need the Rolling Stones to tell us this sad reality. We routinely go wanting on the major fights we would most like to see.
As much as I was looking forward to the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, that fight became impossible when Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol in February. Maybe Canelo’s team was simply inanely careless about what they let him put in his body. Maybe he is just surrounded by idiots and not simply a cheat. Either way, the Nevada AC and boxing as a whole would have lost all credibility if that fight had gone on as planned.
But it is a brutal letdown from that superfight to GGG vs. Vanes Martirosyan.
I hate to be in a position to talk bad on Martirosyan. He is a very good, world-class level fighter. He represented the United States on the Olympic stage. He briefly held an alphabet-soup strap.
He is no chump. Martirosyan has lost three times in 40 professional bouts, against Demetrius Andrade, Jermell Charlo and Erislandy Lara. Those are three outstanding fighters and Martirosyan fought them all fairly close.
But the optics on him as an opponent for Golovkin are simply atrocious. Martirosyan is a career super welterweight. He has never fought at 160 pounds. And when he enters the ring against Golovkin on May 5, it will have been almost exactly two years since Martirosyan fought anybody.
His first fight ever at middleweight, his first fight in two years, is going to be against the man many view as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet. That’s a tough draw for any fighter, no matter how skilled or experienced.