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Gennady Golovkin: Martirosyan has my respect

Gennady Golovkin and team discuss the newly-signed May 5 fight with Vanes Martirosyan.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Gennady Golovkin now officially set to face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 on HBO, here are a few quotes from Team Golovkin from the announcement.

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

“Vanes Martirosyan is now the most important fight of my career. He has my respect and I am training hard to defend my titles against him. I am happy to be back on HBO and fighting at StubHub Center because they have great boxing fans. I will give my fans another big drama show.”

ABEL SANCHEZ, Golovkin’s trainer

“Gennady has had such a terrific training camp in Big Bear. It wouldn’t be fair to him to let it go to waste just because Canelo was being punished. Gennady is going to light up Cinco De Mayo as only a true Mexican-style fighter can. I can’t wait to unleash him.”

TOM LOEFFLER, Golovkin’s promoter

“We are adding extra bleachers to accommodate the demand from Gennady’s fans. We are prepared for Gennady to break his own StubHub Center attendance record for a boxing event, which he set in 2014.

“When you think about all the great champions and exciting world title fights StubHub has hosted, that’s quite an accomplishment. Vanes Martirosyan brings a passionate Armenian fan base from nearby Glendale and an aggressive style of fighting. Best of all, he is ready and wants the fight. Golovkin vs Martirosyan will definitely be the fiesta de résistance of Cinco De Mayo.”

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