Boxing Preview – Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux

Boxing Preview – Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux

Boxing Preview –¬†¬†Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux

Following the great co-main event, we have the main event which boasts just as much star power, if not more. In what may be one of the biggest middleweight unification bouts ever, the Canadian David Lemieux faces perhaps his toughest challenge as he takes on the Kazakh, Triple G, Gennady Golovkin, for the WBC, IBF and WBA World Middleweight belts.

With the power that both these fighters can throw, we can’t see this going beyond 7 rounds. We will be backing under 6.5 rounds with 888 Sport at odds of 4/5. Click here or the banner below to sign up for ‘Treble the Odds’ on your first bet.

Gennady Golovkin has been looked at as another potential replacement as the new top dog in P4P Boxing. It’s hard to deny the man with the best winning to stoppage ratio in Boxing. With 33 wins and 30 stoppages in 33 fights, Golovkin has staked his claim as one of the most dangerous Boxers on the planet. He destroyed Marco Rubio in November 2014 in two rounds. He then taught Martin Murray a Boxing lesson in February 2015, outboxing him over ten rounds, then finishing Murray in the eleventh. He most recently stopped the elusive Willie Monroe Jr in six rounds in May 2015.

Golovkin is obviously known for his extremely devastating power. He has bang in both hands. But the thing about Golovkin is he cerebral in that he can change his style to suit any opponent and he’s so calculated with his punching. He will patiently wait to find an opening before he releases his potent offence upon his opposition. That aura about him alone makes him scary. It’s hard to find much weakness in Golovkin also but I think he got a bit complacent against Monroe and got hit several times before finally stopping him. A hard puncher like Lemieux can take advantage of this.

David Lemieux is another guy who came from the woodworks following a string of bright performances where he would simply bully his opponent into submission. He is a bright spark for Canadian Boxing which has really seen a resurgence as of late. He did this by making himself known as one of the top four middleweights in the world which is an honour bestowed upon the best of the best as the middleweight division is packed with talent right now. He garnered a lot of mainstream recognition following the third round stoppage of Fernando Guerrero in May 2014 on the Fonfara – Stevenson undercard. He then made Gabriel Rosado look weak in December 2014, stopping him in the tenth round. He most recently overcame a tough test in Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam but did it in style, knocking him down four times on the way to a unanimous decision victory in June 2015. His record stands at 34 wins, 31 stoppages and 2 losses.

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Like his opponent tonight, Lemieux goes into this bout reliant on his incredible fight finishing power. He’s a hell of a puncher and he will generally look great when he loads up on his shots with great combination punching. He’s fantastic at forcing his opposition on to the back foot, then getting them to submit on the ropes. Questions remain about his durability following a stoppage loss to Marco Rubio, which is horrifying against a puncher of Golovkin’s magnitude. As seen against N’Dam, in round when he didn’t get a knockdown, he seemed to be very average in pure Boxing ability and if opposition can stifle his offence like what N’Dam did, he is very very beatable.

I think this fight is being marketed on the sheer existence of both men having made a career from being lights out punchers. That being said, it’s very hard for me to see past a Golovkin victory. Lemieux’s only chance is to hurt Golovkin early on (which is possible with his power) and then go in for the kill. Golovkin has too much in his arsenal for a Boxer like Lemieux to deter from Golovkin’s game plan. He can fight on so many levels where as Lemieux is just a bit one dimensional. Lemieux has also never stopped any of the better opponents he’s faced excluding Rosado who fought for eight rounds with a broken orbital bone and protested the stoppage. I think Golovkin really exposes an overhyped Boxer early on and patiently chips away at him before knocking Lemieux out in the middle rounds. Gennady Golovkin by middle round knockout.

Dan Glozier.

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