(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Tim Nielson: No matter how much boasting IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) did about his talent level and his pedigree, the odds-makers still see him as the underdog in his fight against IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) on October 17th.
While the betting public sees Lemieux as a fine fighter who has improved greatly since his losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine four years ago in 2011, they still don’t see the 26-year-old Lemieux as good enough to defeat a fighter as good as Golovkin.
Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez agrees with the odds-makers, saying that he sees Golovkin knocking Lemieux out by the 4th round if not sooner.
“It’s very immature on his behalf because Gennady is going in with a serious guy,” Lemieux said to the media, “and it’s not the fighter saying it; it’s the coach and it’s very immature and he’s going to eat his words in the fight.”
Sanchez is just trying to hype the fight by making a prediction in favor or Golovkin. It helps things for both fighters if they have someone like Sanchez who can talk up the fight, because he’s got a better command of the English language than both fighters combined and he’s got a lot more to say about how the fight will go than either of them.
Golovkin was tongue-tied each time he got up to the podium to speak about the fight during their three-city promotional tour last week. Sanchez didn’t get much speaking time, but in the brief moments that he spoke, he was clearer in what’s going to happen on October 17th than what was coming out of the mouth of Golovkin.
Lemieux has got a lot to prove in this fight, because he failed in the past when he stepped it up. Yeah, Lemieux won his last fight in defeating former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam by a 12 round decision last June to capture the vacant IBF middleweight title. But if Lemieux hadn’t been able to knock N’Dam down four times in that fight, he would have lost. N’Dam was out-boxing Lemieux in every round, even the ones where he was dropped. Lemieux does not have good boxing skills, and he’s someone that literally lives and dies with his ability to score a knockout.
Golovkin has a huge advantage in this fight with him being able to box or slug. If Golovkin decides that he wants to win the fight by a 12 round decision without taking any risks, then he can definitely do that. This can be a very easy fight for him if he wants it to be.
It’s up to him how he wants the fight to go. But if Golovkin decides that he wants to try and get a knockout in this fight, then it’s going to be a riskier proposition because it’ll mean that he’s going to need to get in the trenches with Lemieux and slug it out.
The Golovkin-Lemieux fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.