Thursday September 17, 2015– On Oct. 17 at Madison Square Gardens, WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan is scheduled to fight IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux from Canada in a unification bout. As two of the biggest punchers in the sport, this bout figures to be shorter than the scheduled 12 rounds with the winner laying claim to being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Gennady Golovkin Profile
Born on April 8, 1982, Golovkin made his professional boxing debut in May 2006 after winning the World Championships middleweight title in 2003 and coming back to get the Silver Medal in the middleweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics Games in Athens, Greece as an amateur. During his professional career, he has established a record of 33-0 with 30 knockouts. As a testament to his punching power, he currently holds the highest knockout rate (90.9%) in the history of the middleweight division. On August 14, 2010, he defeated Milton Nunez with a first-round knockout to claim the vacated WBA Middleweight Championship Belt, a title he has successfully defended on 14 occasions. In 2013, the sport’s top publication, Ring Magazine, voted him “Fighter of the Year” based on reader’s voting. Currently, he is ranked by the same publication as the fourth-best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
David Lemieux Profile
Born on December 22, 1988 in Montreal, Quebec, Lemieux had a short amateur career where he won the Canadian Amateur Championship over three consecutive years. At the age of 17, he applied for license to fight professionally, but was told he needed to wait until his 18th birthday. After securing his license, he became a regular fixture on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, fighting on several under-cards. It wasn’t long before he became a fan favorite and finally got the opportunity to fight in the feature bout on April 8, 2011, a fight he lost in the seventh round by TKO against Marco Antonio Rubio. He would lose again for the last time on December 10, 2011 to Joachim Alcine. It would take him 3 1/2 years and 8 more fights before he finally got a title shot for the vacated IBF Middleweight title, a fight he won versus Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in a unanimous decision. In the process, he moved his overall record to 34-2 with 31 knockouts. This fight will be his first title defense.
Aside from being one of the sport’s most powerful punchers, Golovkin is also known for his ability to take a punch. In a career that spans 375+ fights, he has never found himself laying on the canvas. That gives him a significant advantage against a fighter who is prone to losing his legs from big punches. If Lemieux wants to win this fight, he is going to have to endure powerful blows and outpoint his opponent. If the fight were to go the distance, endurance could become an issue for either fighter since both have only gone past eight rounds on two occasions. The reality is this fight will probably come down to a knockout. Golovkin should be favored in this bout by a significant margin for good reason. He is the most seasoned and talented fighter of the two and comes into this bout “white-hot.” The fact he is giving away six years should be offset by the fact he has fought sparingly throughout his career.
In today’s boxing world where quality matches are hard to find, this one should rank as one of the better bouts in 2015. If Golovkin should win, he might be looking to move up in class for a new challenge.
This author of this article is Tony Samboras. As a writer and a sports analyst Tony is always on the lookout for a good sporting event to apply his analytical skills. As a proud sports tipper Tony is always looking to help the sports he loves grow. For more information about Tony’s best sports tips visit www.simplythebetsus.com.