Gennady “GGG” Golovkin isn’t expecting too many tricks from his opponent IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) this month in their long awaited fight on October 17th on HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. Golovkin expects the fight to be a street fight rather than a tactical boxing match.
In other words, he’s not buying the mishmash that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has been talking about recently about Lemieux having a secret strategy that he’ll be using against him to whip him and take his IBO and WBA 160lb titles from him back to Canada.
“This is going to be like a street fight. He has a good style – almost like amateur style. I will beat any style – amateur style or brawl style. He will be a good test for me,” Golovkin said earlier on Wednesday at his press conference.
Golovkin usually doesn’t do a lot of trash talking but in this case he made an exception after being asked by a reporter how the fight will go. Golovkin was unguarded long enough for this brief comment before putting his guard back up and not giving away too many of his true thoughts about the fight. It makes sense for Golovkin to assume that Lemieux will be looking to punch with him in this fight because the 26-year-old Canadian has never done anything else in his career.
For Lemieux to all of a sudden to try and change his fighting style after all this time, it would be suicidal and it clearly wouldn’t work. You don’t suddenly change your fighting style completely for a particular fight unless you’ve previously show parts of that game in your other fights.
Lemieux has never shown even for an instant the ability for him to try and box in his fights. He’s always been a bully and a slugger, and he’s always been the harder puncher in his fights. The only fight where he faced a guy with punching power that you can call good was when he was beaten by Marco Antonio Rubio in 2011. Lemieux was knocked out in the 7th round in that fight.
“Yes, and I thank my parents for my strong chin. Lemieux will be a test for my chin. But it’s not just my chin. It is distance and discipline, timing and style,” Golovkin said.