By Ed Baylor: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) hasn’t yet faced IBF 160lb champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) yet, but he’s already conceding that he thinks that the 26-year-old Lemieux has more punching power than him ahead of their fight on October 17th on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York. It’s unclear if Lemieux does have better power, but if he does it would be in his left hook rather than his right hand.
Golovkin has an excellent right hand as well as a powerful left hook. Lemieux is pretty much known for having a strong left hook rather than a lot of right hand power.
“Maybe he’s [Lemieux] stronger. Maybe he has a stronger punch,” Golovkin said via Fighthub in analyzing his fight against Lemieux. “I know my job. I know my style. I think it’s very interesting for me. October 17th is a big day for us, and for boxing. It’s a big step in history. He’s a very good puncher. My situation in the middleweight division is I have four fights, this just the first step [for me]. It’s very important. My goal is to win all the belts in the middleweight division. This is my big show on October 17th. Big drama,” Golovkin said.
If Lemieux is a bigger puncher with his left hand, it’s not by much. Golovkin is a huge puncher and is able to throw with major power even when not throwing really wide shots. Lemieux seems to need to wind up a lot with his left hook to generate a lot of power with it, and this leaves him vulnerable to getting countered. Lemieux telegraphs his shots too much. If he fights like that against Golovkin, or against the likes of Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, he could get hurt by them.
The Golovkin-Lemieux fight will determine whether Lemieux will move forward to fight the winner of the Cotto-Canelo fight. I think Lemieux has the best chance of getting that fight compared to Golovkin, who I don’t give him any chance at all of fighting Canelo or Cotto in his next fight. Golovkin is going to have to wait a while before he gets a crack at Canelo or Cotto, and it might be a really long wait.
Lemieux is going to have to work himself in position to deliver his big power shots. He’s not going to be able to land those punches if he doesn’t get near enough to land the punches. Golovkin will be certainly be jabbing, moving and leaning away from Lemieux when he attempts to unload his big left hand bombs on October 17th.