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Golovkin vs Martirosyan: Cecilia Braekhus to fight on HBO

HBO will televise its first women’s fight ever on May 5.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

For over four decades, HBO has been televising boxing. Never, not once, have they televised a women’s fight.

That changes on May 5, when Cecilia Braekhus will defend her undisputed welterweight crown against Kali Reis on the Golovkin-Martirosyan undercard from StubHub Center in Carson, California.

”I’m honored to fight on the same card as the best male fighter in the world, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, at the StubHub Center on May 5,” said Braekhus. ”I’ve heard so many magnificent things about fighting in Southern California and the passion boxing fans have for great fights.

“Cinco De Mayo at the StubHub Center will truly be a special night for the boxers and the fans. I’ve been training in Los Angeles for the last six weeks with Lucia Rikjer, and this has been a tremendous camp particularly since I am able to work in the beautiful weather out here.

“I’ve not fought in America in ten years and this is truly one of the high points in my career and I want to thank my fans all over the world for continuing to push me to great heights. I know how tough Kali Reis is, and I’m ensuring every step in camp will prepare me for victory.”

Braekhus (32-0, 9 KO) is considered the best in the world, pound-for-pound, and will be a big favorite against Reis (13-6-1, 4 KO), a former middleweight titleholder.

“I am very excited for this opportunity. I’d like to thank Cecilia and her team for this once in a lifetime chance to fight the No. 1 pound-for-pound undisputed champion,” said Reis. ”My team and I have been hard at work knowing she will bring her A-game, so will we. This is such a great card and I am grateful to be a part of it.”

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