Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya sees a lot of flaws and vulnerabilities in IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s game that he thinks his fighter IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux is poised to take advantage of when the two sluggers meet on October 17th. De La Hoya isn’t intimidated by Golovkin’s reputation of being a ferocious puncher.
He thinks that there’s nothing to fear from the Kazakhstan fighter because his guy Lemieux has the talent to get the better of Golovkin.
“He’s definitely beatable,” De La Hoya said about Golovkin to Fight News. “I’ve seen a lot of mistakes in there that ‘Triple G’ makes and all I can say is that he has not faced a guy like David Lemieux. He has not stepped in the ring with a David Lemieux, someone who has boxing ability, somebody who has power, and somebody who can take a punch.”
De La Hoya was previously bragging about how he thought that WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman had better skills than Golovkin because he can fight going backwards. De La Hoya doesn’t think that Golovkin can fight going backwards for some reason. Golovkin usually goes forward in his fights looking to KO his opponents, so he doesn’t get seen going backwards. It’s like when George Foreman was young. He wasn’t backing up for anybody, and it’s not because he didn’t have the talent to back up if he wanted to.
“Would I have put him in with Golovkin a year ago? No. Absolutely not,” De La Hoya said. “Now that he has more experience, now that he has the confidence of being world champion, this is the perfect moment for him. I strongly believe this is the perfect moment for David Lemieux to unify the titles.”
Lemieux’s experience consists of his wins over Hassan N’Dam, Gabriel Rosado and Fernando Guerrero. Lemieux was beaten by Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine in 2011. I’m sure that De La Hoya would prefer to forget those fights ever took place because it was during a very bad year of Lemeux’s career.
I think it could go badly for Lemieux on October 17th if he doesn’t have a great game plan for this fight. If he just comes out there looking to slug with Golovkin, then I see it ending badly for him. Lemieux isn’t going to be able to beat Golovkin at his own game.