Mismatch: GGG vs. Lee

By Ted Sares on February 11, 2014
Mismatch: GGG vs. Lee
The Golovkin fans will go crazy at the Garden and on Facebook as the GGG legend builds.

Rumors are rife that Gennady Golovkin will meet Andy Lee in April on an HBO fight at the Madison Square Garden Theater…

Chonlatarn vs. Utagalang

“…it was a huge mismatch with former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (49-1, 32) swiftly stopping the debuting Harry Utagalang (0-1) in just 3 rounds. Chonlatarn…took out Utagalang with a devastating body….For fans of body shots this was a beauty.”—Gracie Jiu Jitsu Lebanon

Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (alias Chornlathan Onesongchai Gym) sports an imposing 49-1 record and is only 29 years old. This Thai featherweight’s only loss came at the hands of Chris John (47-0=2) in November 2103 in Singapore. Gym has been the WBC Asian Boxing Council featherweight champion since Pad Thai was invented and has defended it close to 30 times. He also holds the WBO Asia Pacific tile and the PABA title. Against John, the WBA super featherweight title was at stake. On February 7, 2014, Gym decided to forego a title fight and took on late substitute and novice Harry Utagalang in a six-rounder in Bangkok. Poor Harry, for whom I could find no information, lasted three rounds before he was dispatched by a vicious body shot. But no wonder as this was Harry’s first fight as a professional. No glory to be had here for Chonlatarn.

Golovkin vs. Lee

“We’re close. We’re talking, and Andy wants the fight. Andy believes he can win, and this is a fight that he wants.”—Lou DiBella, Lee’s promoter, told ESPN.com on Wednesday

Not all mismatches are created equal. With Daniel Geale and James Kirkland out of the picture at the moment, rumors are rife that Kazakh wrecking ball Gennady Golovkin will meet Irish Andy Lee in April on an HBO fight at the Madison Square Garden Theater. If so, this will be a higher profile mismatch and will be an ugly one for Andy unless he is fortunate to get waxed by an early GGG sledgehammer body shot. Andy (31-2) is an affable lad and his relationship with the late Emanuel Steward was a marvelous one, but none of that means a thing when the bell rings and the baby-faced cruncher begins to do his crunching .

Andy had a good 3-0 year in 2013 against mediocre opposition, but most will recall his head snapping beatdown at the hands of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Sun Bowl in June 2012.

Meanwhile, the active GGG continues to seek and destroy. He has fought 29 times and won 29 times with 25 KOs. He is the current IBO and WBA middleweight champion. He also will cut off the ring on Andy as soon as the bell rings and then, after establishing his appropriate separation, begin to punish and bloody him with jabs. If Lee gets through the first round, he will be met with heavier stuff including body shots set up by hooks upstairs. By now, Andy will realize that his only chance for survival will be to fight this Monster inside but GGG knows this as well and won’t let that happen. Sometime before the bell sounds for round number five, GGG will catch Lee in a corner and unload will non-stop artillery forcing a halt to the butchering—and, by extension, to the mismatch.

The Golovkin fans (me included) will go crazy at the Garden and on Facebook as the legend of GGG builds and as his win total reaches 30, but at some point Team Golovkin will need to think about moving up in weight.

Ted Sares is a private investor who enjoys following and writing about boxing, and considers himself an advocate for reform. A member of the Elite Powerlifting Federation, Ted actively competes in the sport throughout the US and Eastern Canada and holds several state records for his age class.

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  1. Ted 12:43pm, 02/16/2014

    BK Don, I think you might be onto something here—like a blow out

  2. bk don 11:38am, 02/16/2014

    There def is scar tissue around andy’s eye, but i get the feeling he’s going to get gtfo b4 that even becomes a factor. I think he’s ko’d within 3 rounds

  3. Kurt 05:40am, 02/15/2014

    The greatest fighter in the past 50 years didn’t speak any english and did just fine. Roberto Duran.

  4. Ted 08:49am, 02/14/2014

    BTW, That’s quite a bit of scar tissue around Andy’ eyes. Watch the Butcher go to work on that.

    And for what it’s worth, I also think Macklin would beat Lee,

  5. Ted 07:29am, 02/14/2014


  6. raxman 08:05pm, 02/13/2014

    ted - the whole polite thing could just be the fact English isn’t his first language. learnt a lesson with Kostya Tszyu - his seek and destroy fighting style coupled with a nice guy image of broken English and simple turn of phrase made him an Australian darling but the truth was the guy was nothing like that. he was ruthless in business to the point of being unfair and kind of disgusting. he fell out with and some would say betrayed all the people that helped him out when he started. his original promoter here in oz (the guy who discovered him at the 91 worlds and convinced him to emigrate) battling aka break even bill mordy when litigating against kostya said the mistake he made was getting kostya to have English lessons - he would’ve been better served learning Russian.
    have you read johnny lewis biography ted? I thought vlad said he was going to send it to you. if not let me know. its a great read from the guy who trained harding, fenech (from a kid) and kostya

  7. Ted 07:56pm, 02/13/2014

    Lee will become Irish Stew.

  8. Ted 07:55pm, 02/13/2014

    GGG is a phenomena. He looks like a cherub. Behaves like an alter boy. Is polite and never trash talks. But if you look deeply into his background , you will see where the killer within comes from. The excitement that is present before the first bell rings is palpable. He is the first boxer in history to stalk, stun, kill, and then eat his victim.

    People love him.

    But he must do this to Lara, Quillin and Geale. Maybe Kirkland as well.

  9. raxman 07:41pm, 02/13/2014

    ted - no I saw that you have. I mean post lara. lara is the first. I predict there will be loads of talented broke fighters calling this guy out - I find it amazing that ko ‘ing adama and stevens has built momentum but build it, it has. so now we have a situation where its not just the hardcore fan that knows about the phenom GGG.
    I wasn’t going to comment anymore on GGG but I had this thought - if GGG was out boxing the likes of adama, stevens, ishida etc - if he was absolutely schooling them, shut outs, them not landing a single solid punch - if he was boxing not knocking out - would he be grabbing the same praise?
    I say absolutely not. I say he’d be getting the complete opposite.
    everyone just loves a banger!!!

  10. Ted 07:36pm, 02/13/2014

    raxman , read the posts. Some of us have called for GGG to fight Lara.

  11. raxman 06:53pm, 02/13/2014

    the sad truth is Lee is actually a step up in quality of opposition for GGG. i’ll be interested to see what you all have to say now Lara has started the calling out of Golovkin. and its going to happen. if it makes dollars it makes sense and there are decent enough fighters like Lara at 154 that don’t have the profile to get a decent pay day without taking a shot at a fighter like GGG - who has built up quite a profile with his ability to knock out (in spectacular fashion) guys who never stood a chance of beating him.

  12. Ted 12:53pm, 02/13/2014


  13. bk don 12:46pm, 02/13/2014

    I def agree w/Ted about the way this fight will go. Lee just simply isn’t sturdy or defensive minded enough to withstand his attack.

  14. Ted 12:45pm, 02/13/2014

    Lee gets a payday; GGG get another notch. But it’s a helleva way to get a payday.

  15. Mel 11:58am, 02/13/2014

    This is seriously an absurd match up! I have to give it up to Lee for even considering the fight let alone actually accepting the challenge, I guess that is the meaning of a true warrior, taking the fight that 1. Nobody wants (Because GGG is a bad mother) 2. Taking a fight in which you will clearly lose. Golovkin is an obvious beast and the fact that his promoters can’t get him a real fight with anyone and when I say anyone I mean, a real threat to him. As amazing as Martinez is, he was knocked down by Chavez Jr. and if he ever steps in the ring with GGG he too will be knocked out before the 6th round…........yeah I said it!

  16. Koolz 05:28pm, 02/12/2014

    This could be an amazing three Rounds for Golovkin! 

    and Lara oh man Please

    and Martinez?  Really?  They looks fifty and is like a patched up frankenstein now.

    Golovkin would destroy them all.  Still it’s fantastic to see him fight.

  17. Ted 04:42pm, 02/12/2014


  18. Clarence George 02:13pm, 02/12/2014

    Was that deliberate, Ted?  Even if it wasn’t, here’s hoping you started a trend, that things going virile instead of viral will go viral or rather virile very soon.

  19. Ted 10:47am, 02/12/2014

    Like I said, you need to attend one of His fights to understand what I am getting at. Sit with his fans. Exchange messages with them on Facebook. Beating Lee WILL enhance his streak of KOs and wins which in turn will enhance his legend among his ever growing number of fans, Quite simple, Watson.,

    Now I must go to work out. Back later.

  20. Don from Prov 10:43am, 02/12/2014

    I’m not disputing GGG’s popularity, nor attacking his penchant for fighting often. However, beating on Andy Lee is going to enhance nada—except GGG’s record and knockout %.  And what is “virile” you crazy old typo fart?  Something about an aging person such as one of us getting a hard-on?  Please go to the Krusher article and help answer another question of great import that’s on there.

    Thank you.

  21. Ted 10:33am, 02/12/2014

    Don, if you ever attended a GGG fight in person, you would know about “The Legend.” Another example is that this article has taken off like a rocket ship on Facebook—even Gordon Marino is on it. It’s going virile. It’s not my writing—of that I can assure you. It’s all in the title and the last sentence. GGG has a following out there that I have not quite seen before. He is the Euro Pacquiao.  He is a national monument in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. rightly or wrongly, people love him . He is what a phenomena is all about.

  22. Don from Prov 10:19am, 02/12/2014

    I don’t see how the GGG “legend” grows with this one—

    Make it three for “Lara should be the one in this fight”

  23. Ted 08:53am, 02/12/2014

    This thing is going wild on Facebook.

  24. Ted 08:18am, 02/12/2014

    Kurt, at least GGG is active. Mayweather is not.

    It’s a matter of quality vs Quantity and I have just stumbled across an idea for my next blog.

  25. Mohummad Humza Elahi 08:17am, 02/12/2014

    Ted - No doubt, let’s hope that can get made for later this year.

  26. Ted 08:16am, 02/12/2014

    Mohummad Humza Elahi . Lara is the guy he should b e fighting.

  27. Mike Casey 08:02am, 02/12/2014

    Well, Ted, Andy’s brave, I’ll give him that!

  28. Kurt 05:57am, 02/12/2014

    Why criticize Golovkin , while Mayweather Jr. has been doing the same thing for the past 4 years?  And don’t forget ,  Andre Ward’s in the middle of a career shutdown , boycott ,  of his best challengers.  At least Golovkin is being active. Its not his fault ,  the other top fighters around his weight will not fight him.  Put pressure on Mayweather Jr. to man up and get in the ring with Pacquiao or Golovkin .

  29. Mohummad Humza Elahi 02:16am, 02/12/2014

    I agree that Andy Lee is mid-level opposition on paper, but this is a good, albeit “keep busy” fight for Golovkin.  His team are doing the right thing by making him fight often, at this rate he could have a 5 or even 6 fight year.  My advice for fighters who are avoided is instead of trying to get at beltholders directly, force their hand by becoming a mandatory for their title.  Fight or vacate.  If they vacate, you’re vindicated and it’s clear to the public that the champ is a chump.  Obviously, it’s easier said than done, but I think GGG would get a lot further a lot quicker by taking that approach.  Still don’t know why he hasn’t gone to Germany and broken Sturm’s ribs yet.

  30. Ted 05:47pm, 02/11/2014

    Irish. Yes Macklin would destroy Lee. But GGG will obliterate him, And then he will eat him as is a predator’s wont.

  31. Ted 05:45pm, 02/11/2014

    FCW, Yes. I think it does,

  32. FightClubWriter 05:43pm, 02/11/2014

    Ted, does moving up in weight mean a move up in competition?

  33. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:37pm, 02/11/2014

    Ted Sares-I agree Andy is an “affable lad” who is earnest and means well, but the only real question here is if Lee will last longer than Macklin….in fact, I say Macklin KOs Lee too.

  34. Ted 05:36pm, 02/11/2014

    Nor do I

  35. Clarence George 04:19pm, 02/11/2014

    Martinez is making noises that after he fights (and presumably beats) Cotto he’ll be ready to face Golovkin.  I don’t believe that match will ever take place.  Not for one second do I believe it.

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