Though it’s not the superfight most were expecting and hoping for, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will still put his WBA (super), WBC, IBF and IBO world middleweight titles on the line when he takes on Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan inside the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Saturday night.
The main TV card, which opens with a bout between unbeaten women’s welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus and Kali Reis, starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT and will be on HBO (not PPV). Even if you don’t have cable, you can still watch HBO and the fights live on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch live HBO through Amazon Channels. The HBO channel, which costs $14.99 per month, also comes with a free trial, allowing you to watch the fights at no cost.
Once signed up for both Prime and the HBO channel, you can watch the fights live on your computer via the Amazon website (scroll down to the “Watch Live” row), or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app, which is free to download on Apple TV, Roku, Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones, Fire tablets, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Smart TV’s and more. You can also watch directly on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV stick without having to download the app.
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Once signed up, you can watch the fight live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app. Additionally, you can also use your DirecTV Now credentials to sign in and watch via HBO Go.
Hulu: From now through the end of June, Hulu is offering a special deal that allows you to add HBO to “Hulu With Live TV” for just $4.99 per month. Once signed up, you can then watch the fight live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
Cinco de Mayo weekend typically plays host to one of the biggest boxing events of every year, and it looked like we were headed for another megafight with Golovkin set to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a highly anticipated rematch of their September draw. But Canelo tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently handed a six-month suspension, leading to Martirosyan taking his spot.
The new matchup is nowhere near as enticing (it’s Golovkin’s first less-than-5-star fight, per BoxRec’s ratings, since he took on Willie Monroe in May of 2015), but at the very least, it’s an opportunity to see Triple-G fight on regular HBO rather than PPV.
Just don’t expect much of a fight. Golovkin, despite going the distance in his last two fights amid claims that he’s “past his prime,” is still one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world, and at the very least, he’s a Top-2 guy at middleweight. Martirosyan, meanwhile, is a career junior middleweight, he’s lost his two previous world title fights (Demetrius Andrade in 2013, Erislandy Lara in May 2016), and he hasn’t fought in nearly two years.
Still, the massive underdog isn’t showing much fear.
“I don’t get into the ring scared,” he said. I’m gonna go in there and just do my thing and have fun, you know? And just see where I belong in this sport and see what this man is about. You know what I mean? I’m all about that. I never turn down fights. If you look at my last five fights, it’s been [Demetrius] Andrade, Ishe Smith, Jermell Charlo, [Erislandy] Lara, Alberto Lorenzo. So those are just my last five fights. I don’t back down from fights. I take all fights and this is another one. And people are gonna see the best of me.”
Nevertheless, anything other than an early-decision win for Triple-G would be a surprise.
In the co-feature, unified welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus will put her titles on the line against Kali Reis in what will be the first full women’s fight shown live on HBO. It takes the place of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. WBC light flyweight champ Pedro Guevara, which was called off after Chocolatito couldn’t complete the Visa process.
“It’s just about exposure. The UFC once said no woman would fight in the octagon, but with the right exposure, Ronda Rousey became the biggest star,” promoter Tom Loeffler said. “Cecilia has the marketability, the technical ability in the ring and the charisma to be popular in America.”