LOOK AHEAD TO GGG v LEMIEUX
By TOM WATT on July 28 2015
Gennady Golovkin has been the revelation of 2015 as fans have flocked to watch his aggressive, fan-friendly style - with twenty straight knockouts it is easy to see why and coupled with Triple G’s polite mannerisms and apparent willingness to fight anybody, a cult figure has been born. Meanwhile back in Canada, David Lemieux has built an intimidating record of his own with 31 of his 34 wins coming by way of Knockout – so when Lemieux tweeted last week that ‘destructive forces would collide’ – he wasn’t joking! This fight will see the two heaviest punchers in the Middleweight Division go head to head.
The destructive pair have shared a couple of opponents and we can perhaps draw some comparisons there. Both Golovkin and Lemieux have victories over tough, Philadelphian Gabriel Rosado although Golovkin beat him at arguably a stronger point in his career in a bloody battle that left Rosado bleeding heavily until the eventual 7th round TKO. Since then Rosado has lost to Peter Quillin, Jermell Charlo and David Lemieux so it would be a fair assumption to say that the fighter Lemieux knocked out in the 10th round wasn’t quite as sharp as the one Golovkin beat in the 7th. Another shared opponent is rugged Mexican, Marco Antonio Rubio – Golovkin wiped the floor with Rubio when they met in October 2014 and many have since stated that the man that took the ring that night was a shadow of his former self and he was duly dispatched within two rounds by the ‘Kazakh Destroyer’. When Rubio faced off with Lemieux in 2011 at Lemieux’s home turf in Quebec, the Mexican was on a 10 fight win-streak and still considered to be one of the top operators in the Sport. Nevertheless, the differing ways in which the two dealt with the challenge of Rubio could offer some insight for comparison.
Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler said “Finally we were able to get somebody to agree to fight Gennady, somebody that had something to risk.
"Whenever there was a champion or somebody that had something to risk to fight Gennady, they would never get in the ring with him.
"The fans appreciate when a fighter has a lot of risk but steps up to the plate. That's what makes a compelling fight.
"It's a true middleweight championship, and that's what Gennady has always wanted.
"He has always wanted to show he's the best fighter in the world at 160 pounds. And then once he unifies the division, he can go somewhere else.
"But all this talk about moving up or down, it's always been his priority to unify the middleweight division."
Don’t expect to see much running in this fight as these two fan-favourites vie for the support of the Boxing masses, both men have been questioned for their lack of a ‘big name’ on their resume but when they meet each other on October 17th that will change for one man. Golovkin has to be viewed as a slight favourite and is the better-known to the casual fan but Lemieux has shown time and time again that he cannot be written off and this is his chance to truly announce himself to the World.
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