Gennady Golovkin eases past David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden

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Gennady Golovkin produced a commanding performance last night in Madison Square Garden, stopping David Lemieux in the eighth round of their middleweight world title unification bout.

Many dubbed the fight as the toughest task in Golovkin's career to date, but the Kazakh made it look so easy as he brushed aside Lemieux, adding the IBF world title to the WBA Super crown he already held.

There are few jabs in the business that rival that of 'Triple G's', and he used it to outstanding effect early on, thoroughly dominating Lemieux on the outside and comfortably taking the first four rounds.


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Lemieux appeared to break through in the fifth round with a powerful right hand, yet it only added fuel to the fire of Golovkin, who knocked the Canadian down shortly after with a crippling shot to the body.

From then on it was an uphill battle for Lemieux, who continued to take shot after shot from a devastatingly accurate Golovkin, and referee Steve Willis called time on the bout at 1:32 of the eighth round. 

It was a classy performance from the man many consider to be the new pound for pound no.1 with Floyd Mayweather no longer on the scene (for now), and Golovkin now boasts a record of 21 consecutive knockouts.

The Kazakh is known for his incredible hand power, yet what was more impressive in this victory was his methodical and meticulous approach that saw him pick off Lemieux as the rounds went on.

His crisp, accurate jab makes it so difficult for opponents to find a solution to his brilliance. If you try and box him on the outside, like Lemieux did, he will simply outwit and outscore you. If you manage to close the range and box him on the inside, he will most probably knock you out.

After a stunning performance, Golovkin is already eyeing his next move.

When quizzed by Max Kellerman of HBO on potentially facing the victor in Miguel Cotto and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's November 21st bout, the Kazakh confirmed he wants exactly that.

"[Cotto and Canelo] both two great champions. I want to meet with who wins."

The prospect of a super-fight with either Cotto or Canelo is an extremely exciting one.

Yet following such a phenomenal display in New York, is anyone even still interested in sharing the ring with Gennady Golovkin?


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