Renowned powerhouse Gennady Golovkin will fight Canadian David Lemieux in a middleweight unification bout on October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Promoter Tom Loeffler is ecstatic that the 33-year-old Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) will finally have an opportunity to showcase his vast weaponry on HBO PPV.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to try to put unification fights together for Gennady,” Loeffler told ESPN.com of the 2013 Ring Fighter of the Year.
“We have to give Lemieux and Golden Boy a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate. Gennady will not underestimate Lemieux. He is the biggest puncher he will have ever faced, and Gennady will be the biggest puncher Lemieux will have ever faced. It is a great unification fight between two champions and the two biggest punchers in the middleweight division.”
Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) has won nine consecutive contests since losing to Marco Antonio Rubio in April 2011 and then again roughly eight months later to Joachim Alcine in December of that year.
“This is the fight that all the fans and the world wants to see,” said Lemieux, 26, a Montreal native who is the current IBF World middleweight champ. “I hope and expect this will be the best fight of the last five years. There will be blood. It’s going to be exciting.”
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.
Nicknamed “The Good Boy,” Golovkin, who secured his 20th straight stoppage and retained his 160-pound title for the 14th time versus Monroe, has now knocked out 90.91 percent of his opponents.
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 Golovkin.
Lemieux, who has knocked out 86 percent of his foes, will willingly exchange blows 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 manhandle the 5-foot-9 Lemieux for a while to ensure that fans enjoy a “big drama show.”
Ultimately, approximately 24 minutes into the mismatch, “there will be blood” and Gennady Golovkin will viciously end David Lemieux in Gotham.