Golovkin vs Martirosyan purses: Scaling back

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In his most recent bout against Canelo Alvarez last September, Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin had a guranteed purse of $3 Million, not including promised percentages of the PPV revenue and other residuals.

We still don't know for sure how much each fighter took home but we do know this: Gennady will be getting a big pay cut (versus last fall) when he faces Vanes Martirosyan on May 5th.

Golovkin, of course, was originally slated to face Canelo Alvarez in a rematch following their controversial draw last September but the latter tested positive for Clenbuterol and was later forced to withdraw. 

Now, not only has the May 5th fight been moved to StubHub Center, GGG vs Martirosyan will be broadcast on HBO, unlike Golovkin vs Canelo 2 which would have aired at $70 a pop on PPV.

Golovkin vs Martirosyan purses

We don't have official numbers yet but, per Forbes, Golovkin will earn $1 Million while Vanes will pocket $225,000. 

If those numbers are correct, GGG's pay will be much lower than what he's accustomed to the past several years.

Let's review a few of Golovkin's payouts and purse splits prior to the Canelo bout.

2017 - Golovkin ($2.5 Million) vs Jacobs ($1.75 Million)
(Per Bloddy Elbow)

2016 - Golovkin ($2 Million) vs Wade ($500,000) 
(Per Bloddy Elbow)

2015 - Golovkin ($2 Million) vs Lemieux ($1.5 Million)
(Per Bloddy Elbow)

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2016 - Martirosyan ($400,000) vs Lara, ($700,000) rematch  
(Per ESPN)

2012 - Martirosyan ($177,500) vs Lara ($202,500)
(Per Bad Left Hook)


Of note, GGG faced Jacobs in the latter's hometown and will be facing Vanes near the challenger’s home.

Team Golovkin is likely hoping it can benefit from local revenue as Vanes is a much bigger name in California that in other parts of the country. Perhaps that explains why Ukraine's Sergiy Derevyanchenko, the IBF's top challenger, was never considered as a replacement for Canelo? Sergiy is a fine fighter but his fanbase is tiny and his subsequent ability to generate interest would have been even smaller.

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