Second Round KO For Golovkin;
Braekhus By Close Decision
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
Triple G, Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1 34KO’s) annihilated Vanes
“Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KO’s) inside of two
rounds before a crowd of over 7,000 at the StubHub Center in
Carson, California to retain his WBA
and WBC Middleweight titles.
In classic fashion Golovkin took a few good punches from
Martirosyan in the first round. Some thought that
Martirosyan might even make it a fight.
However, in the second round Triple G tagged Martirosyan
with several left right combinations and then punctuated the
last combination with a terrifying right hand that dropped
the challenger in his own corner.
Triple G was victorious by huge knockout at 1:53 of the
second round. Before leaving the ring Martirosyan stated
that he had never been hit as hard by anyone as he had been
by GGG tonight.
In the co-main event of the evening for the World Boxing
Organization Welterweight Title, highly touted four- belt
champion, Cecilia Braekhus (33-0, 9 KO’s) did not impress as
expected but retained her WBO championship belt by garnering
the win over Kali Reis (13-7-1, 4 KO’s).
For 6 rounds this ho hum, yawner of a fight did not live up
to the hype. Then, in the 7th round Kali Reis buckled
Braekhus to one knee and Braekhus was given the 8 count.
In the 9th round Reis again stunned the champ with a solid
right hand. Every round was close without much action, which
meant that the judges were giving those rounds to the champ.
However, the Colombian born, Norwegian resident, Braekhus
was able to put an exclamation on the fight by decisively
winning the tenth round. When her hand was raised in victory
the crowd booed her mercilessly.
Judges had it 97-92, 96-93, 96-93 giving Braekhus a
Two undefeated fighters locked up in a chess match which
featured Abel Sanchez’ Kazakhstan kid, Ruslan Madiev (12-0,
5 KO’s) taking on Mexican pugilist, Jesus Perez (21-1-16
The fight was a solid battle with both fighters trading good
punches. Tijuanero, Jesus Perez, connected often with light
one-two-three combinations but it was Madiev who landed the
harder shots. It seemed as though every 30 seconds a loud
thud from the fist of Madiev to Perez’ jaw reverberated
throughout the StubHub center echoed by cheers from the
Finally in the ninth round Madiev checked Perez with a solid
combination that had the young Mexican fighter in trouble.
However the sturdy Perez weathered the storm without going
down. In the end it was Madiev who got the checkmate as
judges scored it unanimously 99-91, 97-93, 97-93.
Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (22-0, 12KO’s) out of Cleveland,
Ohio, defeated Columbian, Breidis Prescott (31-13, 22 KO’s)
by unanimous decision in this eight round rumble. Martin
should have knocked out Prescott to keep his Blue Chip
Martin dropped Prescott in the third round with a solid body
shot that Prescott played into a low blow. The replay
supported the phantom foul. A few seconds later, Martin
hammered Prescott with a legitimate low blow that had
Prescott rolling on the floor looking for his family jewels.
A point was taken from Martin and the fight continued. In
the fifth round Martin again dropped Prescott but let him
off the hook and Prescott finished the round.
Martin chalked the fight up to a good workout and won the
contest by unanimous decision – 79-71, 79-71, 77-73
In the opening bout of the evening Los Angeles prospect
Jesse Rodriguez (6-0, 4 KO’s) knocked out Mexican journeyman
Armando Vasquez (25-22-1, 6 KO’s) at 2:18 of the third
Southpaw Rodriguez stuck him with a sharp left hand to the
chin and followed with a devastating right hook to the liver
that put the Mexican pugilist down. Wincing in agony he was
not able to beat the 10 count. Rodriguez keeps his winning
Brian Ceballo (2-0, 1KO) bested Nam Phan (3-6-1, 2KO’s) in
this four round welterweight match up. Ceballo appeared in
excellent condition, was well balanced in his attack, and
demonstrated a solid defensive plan.
The awkward Phan tried to make a go of it in the last round
but the slick Ceballo kept his cool and displayed excellent
boxing skills to keep the Vietnamese fighter at bay.
Ceballo may have a future as he moves well and has a good
jab. He just needs to sit down on his punches if he wants to
drop fighters like Phan.
In the end judges had it all for Ceballo 40-36, 40-36,