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21 NOVEMBER 2018

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Golovkin And Lemieux Promising Firefight In Manhattan

By Marc Livitz: Gennady Golovkin has become an attraction for fight fans as well as the casual observer. One of the sport’s most tedious responsibilities is the task of selling it to the public, which is at many times based on name recognition and talent outweighed by image. Such is definitely not the case with middleweight king Golovkin, whose ledger of thirty knockouts in thirty three bouts is a surefire selling point. The fact that the Kazakhstani slugger’s next ring campaign will take place in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden and against a fighter from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the form of David Lemieux to an expected sellout crowd certainly speaks volumes about his appeal in the fight game.


The unbeaten Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) has recently entertained crowds from New York City to Monaco to Los Angeles. He’s provided many a change in facial expressions for those who are not only enthused by his crushing knockout power, but his delightful and good natured attitude outside of the ring as well. Gennady takes a very complimentary approach to the opponents whom he thereafter batters senseless and leaves fight fans with a good sense of money well spent. David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s) turned professional a year after “GGG” Golovkin but unlike his eastern European opponent, he’s not known for ignoring familiar surroundings in order to wreak havoc in the ring.


With the exception of one fight in December of last year, Lemieux has not fought anywhere other than his hometown of Montreal. Promoters and pundits alike had set him up to be the pugilistic sidekick to Lucien Bute in the Quebec city, yet he suffered two consecutive knockouts in 2011 to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine, respectively. The last three years for David have been much better, as he’s prevailed in all of them (seven of nine by way of knockout). He’ll get his chance to reach stratospheric heights should he pull the upset next Saturday, October 17 and top Golovkin.


The bout is taking place on the biggest stage he’s encountered in his career, as it is being televised on HBO Pay Per View in the United States (9PM ET / 6PM PT). Earlier today, WBA/IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight champion Golovkin and IBF middleweight titleholder Lemieux joined the media on an international conference call to discuss their upcoming showdown set to take place at “The Mecca of Boxing” in lower Manhattan.


Selected Highlights Listed Below

Tom Loeffler, Managing Director K2 Promotions (Golovkin): “Momentum has grown so much since we announced this fight last July. This is a true middleweight unification bout and it will be at a sold out Madison Square Garden.”


Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO, Golden Boy Promotions (Lemieux): “This is a matchup that has a lot of people salivating. These are two gladiators with great knockout power. This is a fight that has the whole world excited. Thanks to Gennady for taking this huge chance against David Lemieux. HBO is the best place to watch boxing. I watched David train in Montreal recently and he’s looking very strong. These guys don’t hold back in the ring and it will be bombs away. The fans are the real winners here.”


Abel Sanchez, Trainer for Golovkin: “It’s about time that the best fight the best. We’ll finally get to see a fight that the fans have been waiting to see. We know David will be ready and so Gennady should be ready. Like Oscar said, it will be bombs away. We’re ready for this big fight for as long as it lasts.”


Opening Statements, Gennady Golovkin: “I have had a great camp and I feel very good. This is a big present for boxing and the fans.”


Marc Ramsey, Trainer of Lemieux: “We’ve had a very good training camp and David has reached all of his goals. Everything will be ready net Saturday.”

Opening Statements, David Lemieux: “It’s been a great camp. All is has been on spot and I’ve never had a more complete camp. I’ve been pushing myself to the maximum. I’ve done everything I could do to make sure that I have no regrets. I aim to walk out of Madison Square Garden with all of those belts…..and hopefully not a broken nose.”

Abel Sanchez on Golovkin’s Defense: “HBO’s Compubox rates Gennady as the 3rd best defensive fighter through ten or more fights. We have a force in front of us. David is a very aggressive fighter who comes forward. We’re ready for that. As long as the fans enjoy his style of fighting, then we’re happy. Gennady’s aggressive style takes fans back to the golden days of boxing.”


Golovkin on Offense versus Defense: “I’ll have the same power and same defense. We both have great punching power. It’s not just power. It’s also timing and discipline.”


Lemieux on Fighting Golovkin: “It’s now or never. Let’s do it. Golovkin’s at his best and I’ll be at my best on the 17th. If I beat the best then I’ll be the best. I won the IBF belt and I’m ready to unify the titles.


Sanchez on the Same: “They both have power and speed, but the boxing I.Q. is different. A different class. He’ll be able to get to David and take his punches.”


David on Past Defeats and Being the Underdog: “Those two losses are insignificant to where I am today. Everyone has their evolution in becoming a champion. They mean zero to me now. They were miscalculations in what I did. I changed everything in my life since then and I think it’s been a big achievement for me to get to where I am. People are going to be surprised at what I will do on the 17th. I don’t care that I’m the underdog.”


Loeffler on Gennady’s on Crossover Appeal: “The excuse that a fight with him was not worth the money died out over a year ago. When Gennady sold out the StubHub Center and over 12,000 people at the Forum, people understood his marketability. He’s likeable as is David Lemieux.”


Abel Sanchez on Lemieux’s Record: “He was about 22 or 23 years old when he got knocked out my Marco Antonio Rubio. I think he was too young to be fighting someone as experienced as Rubio. He had those two losses but now he’s on a roll with Marc Ramsey as his trainer. You can’t take away from him the fact that he can punch. That can make a difference if Gennady’s not ready.”


Lemieux on Golovkin’s’ Punching Power: “I am not frightened by his power. I am confident in my strength and I have zero worries when I am as prepared as I am now”


Tom Loeffler on Golovkin’s 1st Headlining Pay Per View: “HBO wouldn’t have given us the green light to put this on pay TV if they didn’t believe in it. A great indicator of those sales is ticket sales. We sold over 15,000 tickets in the first week. Gennady is breaking through into the mainstream. We knew that neither fighter had been a part of a pay per view like this, but we think fans will really respond to this.”

Sanchez on Golovkin’s “Mexican Style”: “We’ve been trying to develop this with him. It’s been seen in the past with Duran, Gomez and Chavez. Guys use their legs in the ring and give the fans what they want to see. It’s more entertaining and aggressive. This is a fight that will present challenges to him mentally.”

Gennady on His Future: “Right now, I’m focused on Lemieux. He’s a great fighter. I’m in a good situation. I want this unification fight. My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division.”


Loeffler on Winner Facing Miguel Cotto or Canelo Alvarez: “The winner will not only unify the titles, but will also be in line to fight the winner of Miguel Cotto versus Canelo Alvarez. “


De La Hoya on the Same: “It’s a bit premature to talk about that right now. We don’t know what the outcomes will be on October 17th and November 21st.”


Closing Comments, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin: “Don’t miss my fight on the 17th. It will be a great night.”



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