|Cristian Andal |||Sep 09, 2015 09:48 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) Reigning WBA (Super), IBO, & interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
One of the biggest fights this fall is between two knockout artists Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs). Here is a breakdown of the fight for all boxing fans out there.
What: 12-round championship fight; Golovkin defending his WBA (Super), IBO, & interim WBC Middleweight titles, Lemieux defending his IBF Middleweight title
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Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
When: October 17
Live Telecast: HBO pay-per-view
Nationality: Golovkin - Kazakh; Lemieux - Canadian
Age: Golovkin - 33; Lemieux - 26
Height: Golovkin - 5-foot-10 and ½; Lemieux - 5-foot-9 and ½
Reach: Golovkin - 70 inches; Lemieux - 70 inches
Stance: Golovkin - Orthodox; Lemieux - Orthodox
Wins: Golovkin - 33; Lemieux - 34
Wins by KO: Golovkin - 30; Lemieux - 31
KO percentage: Golovkin - 0.909; Lemieux - 0.861
Their profiles suggest that physically they are about the same. Their reaches are the same and also are about the same weight during the weigh-in and actual fight. Golovkin is an inch taller, but that usually does not mean anything once inside the ring.
Experience-wise, although Golovkin is the older fighter, Lemieux has actually more fights under his belt at 36 to 33, which means it is about even again.
When it comes to power, both are pretty strong knockout punchers with an average of 0.890 KO percentage between the two, as per Boxing News Online. Golovkin is slightly ahead in this department as his punching power is more natural than Lemieux, although the Canadian is frighteningly strong as well.
However, Golovkin's biggest advantage is his reputation and crowd draw. He is no. 1 in The Ring Magazine's list of top middleweights while Lemieux is no. 4.
According to Bovada, Gennady Golovkin is the overwhelming favorite at (-2000) odds and David Lemieux is (+900) underdog.
Publicity and Prediction
One of the angles the fighters are using for publicity is the seeming underestimation of Lemieux by Golovkin, as reported by Ring TV. It is the machination of the Kazakh's trainer Abel Sanchez to give the fight more intrigue than it already has.
Sanchez told media that his ward would beat the Canadian in four rounds or less, something that Lemieux allegedly was cool about.
This goes to show that Lemieux has superb confidence and that he knows himself and what he brings to the table. With both fighters more brawlers than boxers, the match is highly-anticipated to be an exciting, action-packed fight.
Early Prediction: Golovkin over Lemieux, KO round 7
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