Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux to battle in potential "Fight of the Year" bout on October 17

August 1, 2015

Two of boxing's most dynamic power-punchers will clash on October 17 at Madison Square Garden when WBA, IBO, and WBC "Interim" Middleweight Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) takes on IBF Middleweight title holder David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) in a Middleweight Unification bout. The event will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View. 

"I'm very excited to face David Lemieux to prove who is #1 in the middleweight division," said Gennady Golovkin. "I look forward to fighting again at Madison Square Garden and putting on another Big Drama Show for my fans in New York City."

The fight is certain to provide a massive career boost for the winner, and is unlikely to go the distance given the high knockout ratios for each man. 

"I've said that I don't care who I fight, so long as they are the best, and Golovkin is the best out there in the middleweight division," David Lemieux said. "GGG may be the most feared man in boxing, but after October 17th, there will be a new feared man in the middleweight division. Two very powerful punchers are coming into the ring. There will be blood; there will be fireworks, and I am confident I will emerge victorious."

Golovkin will be the heavy favorite in this bout, as he is currently ranked number three by on their Pound For Pound list, with Ring Magazine also placing him at number 4.

Sporting a record of 33-0 with 30 knockouts, Golovkin's 91 percent knockout ratio is the highest in the middleweight division and has distinguished him as boxing's most exciting fighter. He has stopped his last 20 straight opponents inside the distance while defending his title fourteen times.

In front of a huge crowd of over 12,000 Southern California fight fans on May 16, Golovkin continued his reign with a sixth round knockout over number two ranked contender Willie Monroe at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Lemieux remains a dangerous opponent however, as he is a good athlete with explosive power.

The reigning IBF World Middleweight Champion who also is currently ranked in the top 10 by the WBO and WBA, Lemieux is coming off of his ninth consecutive win over Hassan N'Dam, and his seventh consecutive knockout against Gabriel Rosado last December.

The 26-year-old Lemieux was victorious in dominant fashion over Hassan N'Dam on June 20, capturing the vacant IBF Middleweight Title and dropping N'Dam four times en route to a 12-round unanimous decision win.

"When Golden Boy Promotions talks about making the best fights for the fans, Lemieux Vs. Golovkin is exactly what we're talking about," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "These are two guys at the top of their games; in their primes; with enormous knockout power than can end a fight in an instant. Instead of ducking each other, they have chosen to collide. Buckle up. October 17th is going to be quite a ride."

By Staff of and news services

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