(NEW YORK) Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, will feature two of the very best fighters in the world according to THE RING, when Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez headline a fabulous night of fighting on October 17th in defense of their world titles. The event is being promoted by K2 Promotions and Teiken Promotions.
Known around the world as “GGG”, WBA/IBO middleweight boss and Kazakhstan menace Golovkin (33-0, 30KOs) will face the hungry IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31KOs). Golovkin will be making his HBO PPV debut, as the Canadian banger is expected to test both his pedigree and popularity under the lights of boxing’s biggest stage. Just how big is this fight? More than likely, it will serve as a prelude to much bigger things on the immediate horizon for Golovkin should he win in grand fashion, as he’ll likely get the winner of the November 21st monster bout between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, for Cotto’s WBC middleweight belt. If the big punching Lemieux upsets Golovkin, it would have huge implications for not only HBO– but for the entire sport.
The co-feature will introduce the game’s most preeminent talent to much of the world, when the mega-talented “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37KOs) wages war with the very dangereous Brian Viloria (36-4, 22KOs). For years the flyweight division has been largely ignored due to the size and relative obscurity of its combatants, but the talent of THE RING and WBC flyweight champion Gonzalez is so special that he simply cannot be overlooked. In fact, it can even be argued that had Floyd Mayweather not recently retired, Gonzalez would still have to be considered the sport’s best fighter pound-for-pound. At 28, he has no weaknesses, and is a master boxer capable of ultimate and sudden violence.
Gennady Golovkin – David Lemieux / Roman Gonzalez – Brian Viloria
Where: Madison Square Garden / New York, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 p.m. ET
TV: HBO PPV
GOLOVKIN VS. LEMIEUX
The man known as “GGG” has been on a reign of terror not seen in the middleweight division before. Not even the great Marvin Hagler has been as dominant as Golovkin has, and by taking steps to defeat the biggest challenges, Golovkin will only solidify a growing legend. He’ll make his 15th title defense and attempt to run his KO win streak to 21 against a challenger hell bent on knocking down his wall of invincibility. Since late 2013, Golovkin has found different ways to halt different fighters. He’s either made short work of them (Marco Antonio Rubio, Daniel Geale), mugged them slowly (Curtis Stevens, Osumanu Adama, Martin Murray) or just beaten them up (Willie Monroe Jr.). In all cases, Golovkin used a brand of ring generalship not seen since the days of Julio Cesar Chavez, while grinding his opponents into his way of doing things. The reason why this fight holds so much promise of action, is because of Lemieux’s adamant insistence on forcing the action. As such, he will readily enter Golovkin’s wheelhouse believing he can destroy the blades. In his title winning effort against Hassan N’Dam, Lemieux pressed forward in a consistent assault on N’Dam while winning a rare distance fight. They share a common opponent in Gabriel Rosado. The tough Philadelphian veteran gave a flu-ridden Golovkin a memorable war in January 2013 before losing a brutal one of attrition via 8th round TKO, as his corner threw in the towel. Lemieux fared better against a more battle worn Rosado in late 2014, producing a progressive beating resulting in a 10th round stoppage.
PREDICTION: GOLOVKIN VIA 6TH ROUND KO
The fighter who will defeat Golovkin is probably more of a boxer than a flat-out fighter — which is exactly what Lemieux is. The Canadian was mauled by GGG victim Rubio a few years ago in his native Canada, simply because he was unable to alarm or overwhelm Rubio with his vaunted power. The same will apply here. At the 30 day check in of their weight nearly two weeks ago, Lemieux was roughly 175 lbs to Golovkin’s 165.5, an omen of sorts for what he won’t be on fight night. An early firefight featuring one in which Lemieux more than holds his own, will turn into one resulting in an ugly change of his features, as GGG scores a dominant and emphatic 6th round KO.
ROMAN GONZALEZ VS. BRIAN VILORIA
Brian Viloria is great fighter. Now trained by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and motivated in a way he hasn’t been since losing his world title in a thriller to Mexican sensation Juan Francisco Estrada, the Filipino flame throwing Viloria should be that much better in a few weeks. Viloria has every combination in the book, great balance, poise, and a nastiness about himself that Roach is undoubtedly proud of. Nicknamed “Hawaiian Punch” opposite “Chocolatito”, this fight makes for a sweet affair. Viloria looked great in a first round starching of Omar Soto recently, and the former world champion will not be intimidated at all by Gonzalez, while equally motivated to snatch his WBC flyweight strap and upset the apple cart.
PREDICTION: GONZALEZ VIA 8TH ROUND KO
As great as Viloria is – Gonzalez is special. His cold-blooded annihilation of a very good fighter in former champion Edgar Sosa was almost shocking to behold. Lethal in both hands, “Chocolatito” possesses the game’s best left hook (huge considering the likes of GGG, Cotto or Alvarez) and overall offensive arsenal. As aggressive as he is, he’s not easy to hit, and show’s a great deal of variety. Discovered by his Nicaraguan countryman, the late (and truly great) Alexis Arguello, Gonzalez looks as if he’ll eclipse Arguello as the greatest fighter in the history of Nicaragua. To watch him fight conjures images of the late Puerto Rican great Edwin Rosario with elements of a vintage Roberto Duran. High praise indeed, but this is what Gonzalez is, as Viloria is simply outmatched and outgunned somewhere around the 8th round.
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