Gennady will face IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in what will be Golovkin’s fourth fight at MSG and will serve as only the second time Lemieux will have fought in the United States.
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Although Golovkin was hoping his first PPV fight would be against either Miguel Cotto or Canelo Alvarez, in fighting Lemieux he has a chance to do something he’s been seeking for a long time and that’s to become a unified middleweight champion.
Golovkin vs Lemieux should be an all-action slugfest from the opening bell as they are widely considered two of the hardest punchers in the middleweight division.
Golovkin is a huge favorite in this fight but he’s facing an opponent who may punch just as hard which makes Lemieux the most dangerous foe of Golovkin’s nine year career.
Lemieux himself has stated that Golovkin has yet to face a fighter as dangerous as he is.
"Golovkin has not faced a fighter like me before. I am an aggressive fighter and I am confident in my abilities. I feel that I will be successful on Oct. 17.”
It’s true that Golovkin’s resume is not Hall of Fame worthy yet but one can’t gloss over his 20 consecutive knockout streak. He has knockout victories over credible opponents such as Martin Murray, Daniel Geale and Marco Antonio Rubio who had a 7th round TKO victory over Lemieux back in 2011.
Although Golovkin has a victory over a common opponent (Rubio) who defeated his next foe, he is by no means overlooking him. For one, Lemieux has won his last nine fights, and seven by knockout. Also, Golovkin knows if he wins impressively - as many are expecting - he'll get even bigge fights and possibly turn him into a pay per view attraction.
Golovkin’s management team has done an excellent job of marketing him inside and outside the ring. Its fighter was recently featured in an Apple watch commercial and now his first pay per view fight is just around the corner.
If all goes according to planned and Golovkin defeats Lemieux, Gennady will be in line to face the winner of the November 21st middleweight showdown between WBC champion Miguel Cotto and Canleo Alvarez. With Floyd Mayweather retired, a fight between Golovkin and the winner of Cotto vs. Canelo would be the biggest fight, financially, in 2016.
And then there’s a possibility Golovkin will face super middleweight champion Andre Ward in late 2016 or sometime in 2017.
There’s no denying that October 17th is the biggest fight in the professional career of Golovkin. A convincing win would put him in the line for bigger fights and cement him as a top 10 pound for pound fighter by both fans and his critics.