Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin will meet David Lemieux in a three-belt middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on October 17.
After much speculation of a mega fight between GGG-Floyd Mayweather at a lower weight - and his potential to move up to super middleweight to fight top dog Andre Ward, Golovkin has decided to stay and clear up at middleweight
Golovkin, a Kazakh, is one of boxing’s most avoided fighters due to his high KO ratio
: he’s unbeaten in 33 fights, and has on his resume the highest KO percentage in middleweight boxing history.
He holds the WBA belt and the WBC interim belt.
But the Kazakh star could be finally tested in this match-up against Lemieux, a Canadian, who also has a stunning KO ratio and passable skills.
Golovkin has wracked up 20 consecutive stoppage wins and defended his title in 14 of them, he is as much feared as admired, and he’ll be looking to continue his revered run when he steps in with Lemieux.
Lemieux on the other hand has won 34 of his 36 fights with 31 KOs, is the IBF middleweight champion, so is a genuinely dangerous opponent for any fighter in the division.
The pair have a combined KO percentage of 89%.
Lemieux has won his last nine fights, but was stopped by Antonio Rubio in 2011, whom Golovkin beat in two rounds in October last year.
This could give us an indication of how the fight will play out.
The Canadian was seen out last against Hassan N’Dam, whom he knocked down four times on his way to a clear points win.
Both boxers power is evident and their speed fairly even, but Golovkin will enter as rightful favourite
, and it’s hard to pick against him.
It could be argued that Glolovkin has the superior ring generalship, and has undoubtedly the better amateur experience, competing in 345 fights; winning all but five of them.
The winner of the another showdown this year - Miguel Cotto
-Saul Alvarez - will be obligated to fight Golovkin or Lemieux next, or forfeit the WBC belt.
Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler said of his his charge’s next fight: "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.”
The smart bet would be a round win by Golovkin, but the money bet could be on the slim chance of an upset that would see Lemieux’s hands raised.
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