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No Scale Fail, Golovkin and Vanes Make Weight

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This was going to be something very different. It was going to be the most high profile being match of the year, unless Floyd Mayweather makes a (not) shocking decision to lace up again.

But…well, you know what happened. Burgers and steaks, them’s the breaks…

So, instead of a GGG versus Canelo Alvarez fight unfolding from Las Vegas, available to you on pay per view, Saturday evening instead will offer GGG versus Vanes Martirosyan, a 25 to 1 underdog, on “regular” HBO, from a ring in California.

Both fighters scaled in on point Friday.

Saturday’s World Championship Boxing® telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Here are some stats from Compubox to help you decipher what might go down:

Opening the telecast from the StubHub Center is world champion Cecilia Braekhus, fighting out of a nation that banned boxing until a few years ago,  defending her welterweight crown in a 10-round bout against Kali Reis.

Pics by Ed Mullholland, for HBO

In the main event middleweight champion Golovkin looks to defend his championship for a record-tying 20th consecutive time against Martirosyan in a 12-round bout.

12 rounds or less…I see many Twitwits predicting an early KO for the Kazakh.

What is your prediction?

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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