Goliath Golovkin ready for David Lemieux in middleweight blockbuster
Lee Gormley | October 16, 2015
The Madison Square Garden stage is set for a David and Goliath battle, as undefeated middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin faces off with fellow division title holder David Lemieux in a potentially epic unification contest on Saturday night.
Undefeated Kazakhstan bull-dozer Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) puts his WBA Super, IBO and WBC straps on the line, while Canadian bruiser Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) defends his IBF crown in what is set to be a mammoth middleweight match-up in New York.
With Lemieux’s belt being the only one ‘GGG’ doesn’t currently own in the division, the 33-year-old knockout specialist has outlined unification as a priority, having so far dominated with 20 consecutive stoppage victories and is odds-on at 2/9 with Coral for another this weekend.
Although, after a comfortable triumph over Willie Monroe Jr in May, Golovkin isn’t taking his next opponent lightly, with the 26-year-old Canadian of French and Armenian descent also boasting an incredible career KO-rate.
“This is the biggest test for me. He’s the IBF champ. It’s a big situation, unification,” stated Golovkin.
“Right now it’s a very interesting situation to be in in the middleweight division. I think we have three or four fighters and it’s very important who is number one.”
Although, Lemieux, like Golovkin, is a devastatingly hard-hitter and a genuine threat, despite two back-to-back career losses in 2011, and he is confident in his ability in order to end his opponent’s nine-year winning streak.
“I am aware of his record but I am also aware of who I am and what I can bring to the table. My concern is the present and making sure I win on October 17th,” declared Lemieux, who is 9/1 to stun the sporting world by stopping Golovkin.
“I am going to be a lion in there. Nothing is going to be in my way,” he continued.
“It is kind of like David and Goliath. Everyone is impressed on this big GGG, he is impressive and talented but there is also David who is making a lot of noise. I know what I am going up against and I am going in with a nice package to deliver to Golovkin.
“I’m a big underdog, which is perfect by me. It’s not a problem. I know who I am. I have a lot of confidence in myself.
“It’s not about power. It’s about character, toughness and determination. We’re both hard punchers; everyone knows that. Let’s see beyond that.”
Lemieux undoubtedly faces an uphill task of overcoming arguably boxing’s most dominant force of any weight class, and the Kazakh champion, rightfully nicknamed ‘the God of War’ recently recalled his brutal dismissal of Curtis Stevens in 2013 during a chilling interview with HBO.
Golovkin was asked whether he tailors his fighting to how he feels personally towards his foes, and admitted that this can in fact be the case, especially when he pummelled trash-talking Stevens, who constantly disrespected ‘GGG’ in the build-up to their bout.
Revealing a sadistic ring nature, Golovkin revealed that he prolonged Stevens’ suffering after an early second-round knockdown. He then brutalised his opponent in a nasty sixth-round, even forcing Stevens’ Mother to leave her ringside seat, before smashing him up further in the latter stages, as a worried corner eventually threw in the towel after the eighth.
“Yeah, I remember this fight,” Golovkin stated, chillingly reminiscing that 15th consecutive knockout two years ago. “I don’t lose control. I feel him. Just, you know, I can beat him after the first time I knock him down.
“And for me, it’s more important like, beat him like punish him. Beat him, beat him, beat him.
“He understands, he has best mouth. He understand, this is boxing. Please respect boxing. Respect sport. Not this streetfight.
“You want streetfight? Let’s go. I show you. Right now. We have time. We have 12 rounds. I show, every round.
“I beat him, beat him, beat him. His corner, respect his corner. He has to understand, he said, stop. Stop the fight.”
Then, when asked if he wanted to genuinely teach his previous opposition a lesson, Golovkin simply replied: “Exactly.”
Although, there has been much more respect between the two fighters this time around, with both power-punchers promising fans a middleweight spectacle in New York, after 15k tickets were instantly sold in the first week.
Lemieux comes into this daunting encounter on the back of a sensational unanimous decision win over Hassan N’Dam, in which he secured his current belt, and is 20/1 to outpoint ‘GGG’ over 12 rounds.
But Golovkin, bearing from Kazakhstan, has been dubbed ‘the middleweight Mike Tyson’ for a reason and will seek further division demolition in his PPV debut, while Lemieux prepares to tackle this rampaging beast in what should be a remarkable match-up.
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Watch that chilling face-off between both Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux ahead of their anticipated middleweight meeting this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.