By Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)
This Saturday, boxing’s hot fall schedule continues with a middleweight unification; there will be 4 belts on the line as Gennady Golovkin, 33-0, 30 KOs puts his undefeated record and titles on the line against hard hitting French Canadian, David Lemieux, 34-2, 31 KOs. Lemieux isn’t coming into Saturday’s matchup unarmed though; his IBF title is on the line and he is bringing dynamite in both hands.
The fight is a matchup you don’t want to miss; two power punchers going at it, mano-a-mano. It’s no wonder that the fight broke the presale record at Madison Square Garden and sold over 15,000 tickets in one week. Both fighters only know how to seek and destroy, coming forward on the front foot and giving the fans the action they want. Saturdays matchup on HBO pay per view has Fight of the Year along with a knockout written all over it.
This fight will be a major test for both fighters, but an even greater test for Lemieux. Lemieux has been on a tear as of late, defeating Hassan N’dam, Gabriel Rosado and Fernando Guerrero in his last 3 bouts. Still, he is the less polished fighter of the two. Lemieux can bang, but is that all he can do? He is coming off of a 9 fight win streak after his two sole losses, one of which he was knocked out by Marco Antonio Rubio. He has been knocked out by lesser opposition before, so will he be able to hold up against someone as skilled and powerful as Golovkin? We will find out, but one thing is certain, that Saturday’s fight isn’t likely to see the final bell.
After losing most of their roster to Al Haymon, Golden Boy has been trying to rebound by putting on the best fights, and this fall is stacked with quality boxing with three of GB’s top fighters fighting in high profile matchups. But with Mathysse losing earlier this month, what will happen to Golden Boy if Lemieux loses to Golovkin? As long as he comes out to fight and puts on a show, which I think he will, I think he will be fine; but hopefully he doesn’t crumble. In his 9 fight win streak Lemieux has improved, and with his power he certainly has the ability to pull off an upset. If he does it will be great for Golden Boy; but regardless of the outcome, I think boxing fans are in store for a treat on Saturday, and it is one you don’t want to miss.by