The biggest fight of Gennady Golovkin’s career is finally here. Las Vegas oddsmakers expect the undefeated boxer to beat David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden, winning for a 34th consecutive time.
Golovkin is a heavy favorite over Lemieux, who has won his last nine fights, including seven victories by knockout. Both boxers are known for their punching power, and the fight isn’t expected to go the distance. In their 67 combined fights, 61 have ended via knockout.
Steve Willis is the referee. Glenn Feldman, Steve Weisfeld and Julie Lederman are the judges.
On the undercard, flyweight Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez defeated Brian Viloria with a ninth-round TKO. Tureano Johnson beat Eamonn O'Kane by unanimous decision in a middleweight fight, while heavyweight Luis Ortiz knocked out Matias Ariel Vidondo in the third round.
Here is how IB Times is scoring the Golovkin-Lemieux fight:
Golovkin established his left jab early, hitting Lemieux in the face multiple times. Lemieux missed with several body shots, as GGG comes out strong. Golovkin dominated the round, landing close to 20 more punches.
Golovkin begins the round by landing a few right hands. He continues to be accurate with the jab. Lemieux landed one hard shot to Golovkin’s body, but he didn’t inflict much damage on GGG. Lemieux managed to survive the round, but he might not be long for this fight.
Lemieux continues to get hit with Golovkin’s jabs in the first minute, getting in almost no offense. The underdog survived a flurry by GGG with about a minute remaining, landing a few punches before the end of the round. But it remains all Golovkin.
Lemieux was aggressive in the opening seconds, though he wasn’t very accurate. A hard left hook to Lemieux’s face rattled the IBF champ, and Golovkin had him up against the ropes. An uppercut by Golovkin ends the round, and he seemed close to getting a knockdown.
Lemieux finally got in a few shots in about 90 seconds through the round, but that didn't last long. GGG scored a knockdown at the end of the round, as Lemieux was taking a knee. It's only a matter of time.
Golovkin survives a shot to his chin towards the end of the round. GGG lands 32 punches to Lemieux's 12, and Lemieux is going to need a knockout to win.
Lemieux’s face is showing a lot of evidence of the punishment he’s taken. The ref called time with 1:54 left, seemingly to make sure Lemieux’s nose isn’t broken. Lemieux landed a good hook and body shot, but Golovkin immediately got his opponent up against the ropes. Have to give Lemieux credit for lasting this long.
Lemieux won’t stop bleeding from his nose. Golovkin keeps dodging punches, landing right hands to the head. The ref stops the fight with 1:29 left. A one-sided TKO for Golovkin.
Golovkin by TKO