And that should be financially convenient for Las Vegas, as it keeps Golovkin-Alvarez II lined up for Mexican Independence Day weekend in September, if all parties are so inclined.
Middleweight fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez drew a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, the result of failed drug tests.
At a news conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, Alvarez insisted he was the victim of an innocent mistake, hitting back at claims from Golovkin that he was dope cheat.
Ronda Rousey, a former UFC champion and current WWE superstar, offered her congratulations to Martirosyan for getting the bout.
By taking a relatively low-risk fight with Martirosyan, who has not fought in two years and who lost his last outing, Golovkin risks being stripped his IBF title by failing to take a bout with the organization's mandatory challenger: Russia's Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs).
No mincing words from him (I'm sorry).
The two fighters have traded verbal blows in the months since Alvarez's positive drug test came to light. "And our guy is in the gym and ready to fight".
"I've been training my ass off". It's a good show for L.A. Cinco De Mayo. Armenians will pack the place.
"I told you, it's not Mexican meat", Golovkin added. "I do believe in my heart I'm going to beat (Golovkin) because he's never fought someone with my style".
But with so little time to properly prepare for a world title fight, opponent options are slim and the fighter's team does not want to be pushed into a situation where their guy has to fight a high-level opponent without the chance to properly prepare. Golovkin has sold out the most iconic arenas of the world, including T-Mobile Arena, Madison Square Garden, O2 Arena, The Fabulous Forum and StubHub Center.
No matter who gets the B-side role vs. Golovkin in the next fight, though, he will likely play a role in history as the Kazakh KO artist's twentieth title defense.