Golovkin has every right to feel cheated following Canelo's failed drugs test and Betfair's boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse tells us how he'll get even...
"When we have a power puncher with an 87% KO average in the mood to make someone pay, it spells trouble"
Fight fans were robbed of Golovkin - Alvarez II after the Mexican failed a drugs test and was hit with a ban from the sport that served as little more than a slap on the wrists to the man who blamed contaminated meat for traces of clenbuterol.
That left a gaping hole in the schedule on May 5th but thankfully organisers were able to find a quick-fire replacement and although it's not quite as exciting as the rematch we all wanted to see, Vanes Martirosyan agreed to step in and save the show. But at what cost?
Fear the bear with a sore head
Yes, the man who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday will receive a bumper pay-day for doing the honourable thing by the sport and providing Golovkin with an opponent but some things aren't worth the cash and in GGG he'll face a bear with a sore head. A man who had trained his heart out to right the wrongs of that September 2017 split decision draw with Canelo. A man who stood toe-to-toe with one of the sport's brightest talents, took his best shots flush on the chin and remained the aggressor. Only to be denied victory by an opponent who has since been caught out as a cheat.
That'll sting more than any head-shot and he'll be made to feel angrier still by the fact it wasn't even Saul's first offence, yet he still couldn't come up with a decent excuse before being banned for a laughable six months. That does the sport's reputation no good whatsoever and the extended holiday will do nothing to put others off bending the rules to gain an unfair advantage.
This shouldn't go six rounds
We can guarantee 36-year-old GGG - now with a career record of 37 wins against that one draw - will be out for blood. When we have a power puncher with an 87% KO average in the mood to make someone pay, it spells trouble.
Betfair Sportsbook traders want nothing to do with taking Gennady on in this fight and that makes perfect sense. Punters looking to back him for the win will find 1/50 doing the rounds - [1.04] on the Exchange. A KO/TKO win, the 34th of his career, will be a popular choice and that's 2/9 against the 10/3 about a points verdict.
The 8/13 about Triple G winning inside six rounds is the way to play this one.
Martirosyan lost last time out
Is there any chance Vanes Martirosyan can pull off one of the biggest shocks in boxing history and defeat Golovkin at the Stubhub Center? We'll keep our opinions to ourselves on that one and let the 14/1 (Betfair Sportsbook) do the talking. It's more likely than another draw - but not by too much.
The Armenian born middleweight now fighting out of California brings a record of 36-3-1 with two of those three defeats coming in his last three starts. He has never been stopped but that'll change on fight night and what's more alarming is he arrives to face Golovkin on the back of defeat to Erislandy Lara. This should be painful to watch.