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  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 unanimous decision.

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 KO’s).

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 crowd.

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 moniker intact.

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 round.

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 streak intact.

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, 40-36.


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