Golovkin vs. Lemieux Preview

By Timothy Seaver on September 6, 2015
Golovkin vs. Lemieux Preview
His victories have come against opponents whose names have outreached their résumés.

A Golovkin title defense seems less like a boxing match and more like a sadistic display of man-against-boy…

Every time middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin has donned his boxing gloves he has looked invincible. He has built a reputation as an irresistible force against whom all other fighters will eventually wither. Most experts believe that his vaunted reputation will remain undamaged when he faces off with Canadian power puncher, David Lemieux on October 17th.

A Golovkin title defense seems less like a boxing match and more like a sadistic display of man-against-boy. He has looked impressive enough that most observers have forsaken the usual reverence held for the “Lineal” title, and are calling Golovkin the “Real Champ” at 160 lbs. Miguel Cotto, holder of the lineal belt, is recognized as great for his past accomplishments, but also as lucky for his current status, having caught an old champion at the end of his career. Many consider him a champion in name only. Meanwhile “Triple G’s” exploits have become must-watch events for lovers of the sport. His accomplishments are spectacular: Olympic medalist for Kazakhstan with 345 amateur wins against only 5 losses, never knocked down in a fight, highest KO percentage of any middleweight titlist in history.

Meanwhile, David Lemieux’s status within the sport, and the road he took to get there, are quite different from the former Olympian’s. Lemieux is also a titlist, but viewed by most as merely a top-ten type of opponent…less of a champion, and more like someone who happens to have a belt. His style is sometimes less than elegant, but his greatest weapon is the one that matters most in the ring: his punch.

He started his career by racking up the knockouts and wiping out opponents. He was winning fans, and getting attention. The notice was especially keen in his home town of Montreal. A dubious product is born when multiple KOs meet an excited home town crowd; it’s a double edged blade called hype.

And when Lemieux’s first loss came in 2011, the hype that had made him look so promising now made him look simply manufactured. Another loss followed and it appeared as though his career would be relegated to small club shows and undercard fights for bigger names (the boxing equivalent of the minor leagues).

But he kept at it. He reestablished his winning ways. At first he beat the kind of people he was supposed to beat. His opponents were fine, but nothing special. But in his most recent battle, Lemieux pounded his way to the biggest win of his career. He defeated Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in a thrilling 12-round fight to earn the IBF belt.

Yet even in this dynamic victory there was reason to question Lemieux’s readiness for someone of Golovkin’s stature. He had N’Dam down early and continued to hurt him throughout the fight, yet he was unable to put him away. Credit goes to N’Dam for his resilience, but had Lemieux been more precise with his offense his evening could have been much shorter. He is at least a man who has refused to give-in after his losses, but is he able to fine-tune his abilities to make himself a truly world-class fighter? And does it matter to the fans if he is world-class. He is willing to face Golovkin while other fighters have openly stated their intention to avoid him. The truth is, a man like Lemieux has a style that people want to watch. His fights are preceded by two obvious questions: Will he smash his way to victory? Or will he crumble from his limitation? Either way, it’s a show people want to see.

But perhaps there’s reason to question Golovkin as well. This is a sport where the truth sometimes lingers below the surface. Obviously, he has appeared unbeatable so far, and there have been no glaring limitations inside the ring. But his victories, while explosive, have come against opponents whose names have outreached their résumés. Kassim Ouma was long removed from his brief glory days as a top dog when Golovkin defeated him. The Polish boxer, Grezegorz Proska was supposed to be a high-level fighter, but his subsequent performances have revealed him to be ordinary. The other notable names on his record; Matthew Macklin, Daniel Geale, Willie Monroe, and Curtis Stevens, all share a similar stature: respectable, but far from great.

Golovkin’s and Lemieux’s contrary styles and different pasts have led to the storyline of inevitable greatness versus unlikely success. On October 17th there will either be more of the same, or a giant surprise. Either way, it’s a show people want to see.

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Gennady GGG Golovkin vs. David Lemieux, promo unification fight, October 17th 2015

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  1. Sick & Tired of boxing Commentators 07:36am, 09/17/2015

    I really like both fighters, and on any given night anyone can win…they both have power and a well placed punch is a great equalizer. Ask Iron Mike about that…a young fella named Buster just proved my point. I won’t be disappointed if either win….I just want to see a competitive fight is all. Oh, and usually I have to turn the volume down to watch a fight as the idiots that call fights are so dam biased ALL the time it’s sickening ! Just sain !!

  2. No10Count 04:04pm, 09/07/2015

    I was really surprised that Lemieux people took this fight.
    Probably because it is PPV and their biggest $ opportunity.
    Bout the only PPV worth buying this year.

    Always a punchers chance…

    Looking forward to it.

  3. swansoverthecaspian. 11:32am, 09/07/2015

    I have always thought of Golovkin, as a big Roman Gonzales; not quite as good as El Chocolate, due to the Nicaraguan having fought better apposition.(by no fault of ggg. Kid chocolate should have already steped up, but when u make alot of money as these bigger guys do, u can avoid alot longer; not so in smaller divisions, these guy have to fight each other.) that being said this fight reminds me of Romans clash with Akira Yaegashi, where the brave Samurai drew a line in the sand, instead of just moving backwards at the will of Gonzales,the way Estrada did; and for that he was brutally nkocked out. I I think the same thing is going to happen here, except in that lemieux will hurt ggg a few times in this fight. By the end of the night though this fight may end up reminding us of the Gonzales Viloria fight.

  4. DoninLouisiana 10:16am, 09/07/2015

    I am looking forward to this fight but am afraid it will be more of the same for Golovkin. I see him as a blue chip, technical fighter with other worldly power. His jab and body work will force Lemieux to go in reverse very early, and succumb to Golovkin’s power before the end of Rd 4. Just too much talent and precise punching from the Kazakhstan Destroyer but it will be fun for however long it lasts.

  5. KB 05:54am, 09/07/2015

    Koolz has the beat

  6. Koolz 03:20pm, 09/06/2015

    Golovkin will first feel Lemieux out for one round.  Towards the end of that first round he will fire a jab straight at Lemieux’s face and he will not miss… After that the game will change.  GGG will start cutting off the ring on Lemieux and Lemieux will start to find himself in the corners getting hit with Hooks to the body and head.

    I hope it goes past three rounds.  I see Lemieux being a way better fighter then he was in the past, I don’t see the same fighter that loss to Rubio being the fighter against Golovkin.

    I don’t see anyone at Middle weight anywhere even being close to the level of GGG.

    way way back in the Amateurs they called Golovkin the Golden boy because he always won.  Also interesting to know that when he talks in his native language he is precise, diplomatic, and cocky….not the GGG people know now in English interviews.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:43am, 09/06/2015

    David has adopted a smug sneer/smirk in the pre-fight build up here…..we’ll see how that goes after he feels that power delivered by text book precise punches that laser in on the target over and over and over again….not wind up overhead/overhand punches that go way the hell around the bend before they get there.

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:51am, 09/06/2015

    I really enjoyed this article. Bottom line….Willie Monroe, Curtis Stevens, and Martin Murray would give Lemieux fits….he’d be hard pressed to sweep them…at least one of them would trip him up. David is not a “dubious product” but the truth is this is not a good career move for him.

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