Golovkin vs. Lemieux: Is David ready to slay the middleweight Goliath?Written by Joseph Herron
On Saturday, October 17, current IBF Middleweight title holder David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) will step in the ring with his perceived toughest test to date and most feared 160 pound fighter in the sport, WBA/IBO/Interim WBC Champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City.
While most Sports Books have the hard punching Montreal native listed as a 7 to 1 underdog with more two months remaining until fight night, the 26 year old slugger believes in his ability to defeat the dreaded Kazakh warrior.
At the official press conference for the “Golovkin/Lemieux” special event, the Canadian puncher talked about upsetting the heavily favored fighter and overcoming the odds to unify the Middleweight division in just eight weeks.
“It’s going to be an explosive fight, but a lot of you are going to have to be ready for change,” stated David Lemieux at the renowned MSG during Tuesday’s press conference. “Change in the pattern. This is what’s fascinating about boxing. One second you think things are going great for something, and the next…it didn’t go the way you expected it.”
“You have to be ready for anything in boxing. I’m ready to take the belt and to be the unified Middleweight Champion. That’s why I took the fight.”
Despite exuding a great aura of confidence while addressing the media in attendance, Lemieux seems to genuinely understand what he’ll be up against and what’ll ultimately be at stake on October 17.
“I am very aware of my abilities, and I’m very aware of Golovkin’s abilities,” admitted the current IBF champion.
“I respect him a lot. He’s a great fighter and he’s left a great mark in the Middleweight division, but I’m not here to be his friend. I’m here to be his opponent.”
“And on October 17th, we’re going to fight. There will be blood. It’s going to be an exciting event. And I’m very confident in my abilities."
"I won the world title, and now I’m ready to get many other medals. I’m very proud to be here, and hopefully you will experience history."
Although the current WBA Middleweight champion is overwhelmingly viewed as Lemieux’s stiffest test as a professional fighter, the hard punching Canuck is widely regarded as Golovkin’s toughest assignment as well.
According to MSG executive VP Joel Fisher, the ticket sales reflect the quality of this match-up, Golovkin vs Lemieux.
“We’ve already sold over 15,000 tickets in less than a week,” stated Mr. Fisher at the packed press event.
“We’re looking into freeing up seats to accommodate the demand. The event has become that big.”
Despite initial gambling odds, listing Golovkin as a 14 to 1 favorite, most fans view the highly anticipated pairing as an “unusually” competitive match-up for a “Triple G” event at the Garden.
Golovkin also acknowledged the clear and present dangers in facing a ferocious puncher like David Lemieux.
“Right now, I understand my situation,” stated the 33 year old champion. “This is great fight and great present for everybody. Not just me…I like his style. Very dangerous…I’m a little bit scared in my situation, but I promise amazing show for everybody.”
Does the IBF title holder have what it takes to hand the most feared Middleweight on the planet his first professional loss? Or will the brave Canadian be just another notch on Golovkin’s championship belt?
Golovkin vs Lemieux... The truth will be revealed on October 17th