By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Gennady Golovkin staked his claim to be crowned the pound-for-pound boxing king as he brutally dismantled David Lemieux.
The California-based Kazakh retained his middleweight world titles –– the WBA Super, IBO and WBC interim crowns –– at Madison Square Garden.
Golovkin used his ramrod jab, technique and concentration to shatter the challenge of the 26-year-old Montreal native, who was making the first defence of his IBF crown.
It was an incredibly businesslike performance by ‘GGG’, 33, as he barely put a foot wrong in his third outing of the year.
A supreme performance was shown in front of a capacity 20,548 crowd from a supreme athlete who now has the world firmly at his feet.
And while Golovkin was weary of the power of the ongoing red and gold champion, the shots he was tagged with did little to deter him from his blistering performance in which he dropped Lemieux with a devastating body shot.
But the man with the strange hair cut –– and I mean that nicely –– battled back and, although he wasn’t landing anything meaningful, did enough to stay in the fight.
However, by the middle of round eight, which proved to be the final round of the fight, the referee Steve Willis had seen enough and called a halt to the clash after 92 seconds of the round.
The winner of the WBC title fight between Miguel Cotto and Saúl ‘Canelo’ Alvárez next month has 15 days after the contest to inform the Boxing Council of their desire to defend the full belt against the interim titlist.by