Gennady Golovkin told Fight Hype during a Friday interview that he is excited to face the winner of this autumn’s Canelo Alvarez versus Miguel Cotto bout in 2016.
Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and Canadian David Lemieux will clash in a middleweight unification scrap on October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Roughly five weeks after Golovkin finishes the 26-year-old Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), the 34-year-old Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and the 25-year-old Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will battle at a maximum weight of 155 pounds on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“My focus is on David Lemieux. That’s first step. I think next step is much bigger,” said Golovkin, 33, who has knocked out 90.91 percent of his opponents and is 14-0 in title contests. “Right now is great time for the middleweight division. This is big test for me.”
Lemieux, a Montreal native who is the current IBF World middleweight champ, has won nine consecutive contests since losing to Marco Antonio Rubio in April 2011 and then again approximately eight months later to Joachim Alcine in December of that year. Comparatively, Golovkin, who knocked the 35-year-old Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) onto Queer Street in 2014, most recently earned a sixth round TKO over Willie Monroe Jr. to defend the WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight belts on May 16. “The Good Boy” secured his 20th straight stoppage and retained his 160-pound title for the 14th time versus Monroe.
Golovkin, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, is a menacing, savage and accurate slugger who has never been floored in over 375 affairs. GGG masterfully cuts off the ring and possesses a granite chin and cinder blocks for fists. In many ways, the aggressive and courageous Lemieux is the ideal adversary for the 2013 Ring Fighter of the Year.
Lemieux, who has knocked out 86 percent of his foes, will willingly exchange with the merciless Golovkin. Regrettably for the fierce Canuck, Lemieux is incapable of hurting Golovkin and his style will leave him exposed to punishment. Expect the 5-foot-10 Golovkin to toy with the 5-foot-9 Lemieux for a while to ensure that onlookers enjoy a “great drama show.”
Meanwhile, it’s far more difficult to predict who will prevail between Cotto and Alvarez. Cotto, the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four weight classes, has looked revitalized and competed with a noticeable confidence since partnering with decorated trainer Freddie Roach in the spring of 2013. Alvarez will likely be favored over Cotto because the Puerto Rican icon is nearly 10 years older and he has engaged in numerous bloodbaths since debuting as a prizefighter in 2001. Still, it’s hard to dismiss the rebirth Cotto has experienced with Roach in his corner.
Regardless of who ultimately emerges among this trio, thanks to Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, it’s a “great time for the middleweight division.”