HBO Gennady GGG Golovkin vs Vanes Martirosyan and Cecilia Braekhus vs Kali Reis
BY KID HERSH
From the StubHub Center in Carson, California, came HBO World Championship Boxing on Cinco de Mayo.
Cecilia Braekhus (32-0, 9KO’s) vs Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4KO’s). This was the first time that a female bout was broadcast on the network, as it was moved up to the co-feature less than a week before Cinco de Mayo. It was also Braekhus’ record 22nd defence of her WBA title that she won all the way back in March of 2009. In the first round, Braekhus was pumping her jab and getting off first on Reis. Reis was catching Braekhus at times after she let her hands go but was mostly getting the worse of the action from the fast-starting Braekhus. Reis was starting to time Braekhus in the second round but in the third round Braekhus came out and nailed Reis right away with a good right hand and left hook. Braekhus started to pull away as the rounds went by, with her class showing over time. in the sixth round, Braekhus continued pulling away and bloodied Reis's face with her excellent jab and right hands that she was landing nonstop. In the seventh round, however, we had a shocker when Reis came out aggressive and was throwing hard shots and landed an overhand right that put Braekhus down for the first time in her long career. Braekhus was laughing and winking when she rose but it was a legitimate knockdown. Braekhus went back to dominating after the seventh round but Reis again hurt Braekhus at the very end of the eighth round, when she was again hit with a hard right hand that wobbled her legs although she stayed up this time. Reis had another pretty good round in the ninth but it was too little too late as Braekhus took over in the tenth and final round to close the show in fashion like a true champion does.
Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33KO’s) vs Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21KO’s). This was GGGs 20th defense of his WBA title - tying the legend himself Bernard Hopkins for most middleweight defenses. The referee was Jack Reiss. In the first round, GGG looked good early on with his standard jab and looking for hard right hands. Vanes, for his part, was going to the body very frequently and landed some good shots on GGG - perhaps even stunning him at the end of the round or knocking him a bit off balance at the end of the round. In the second round, the fight was over when GGG smelled blood in the water due to Vanes backing into the ropes after taking some hard shots. GGG unloaded and ended the fight