There was no stopping the freight train that is WBA, IBO, WBC and now IBF Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0) when he touched down inside Madison Square Garden in New York City last night (Sat. Oct. 17, 2015) to face heavy-handed Canadian David Lemieux (34-3).
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Both men came into their dance inside the squared circle on profound win streaks and a penchant for landing the home run shot. It was sure to produce a brawl, but Golovkin -- the heavy favorite -- put on a clinic for those watching in "The Big Apple" and all around the world.
Over the course of the early portions, "GGG" established a sound jab that repeatedly damaged the face and confidence of Lemieux. The jab, coupled with right hands, allowed the Kazakh to take control of the fight right out of the gate.
The 26-year-old Lemieux had no answer and was left to figure out how to find a way into striking range. He was tentative and only landed a few solid punches over the opening three rounds.
That would change in rounds three and four as Lemieux became more active through head hunting. The 33-year-old Golovkin retaliated by not only landing his jab, but a left hook behind it, as well as several hard body shots.
Towards the middle of the main event, Lemieux connected with a couple of right hands that stunned Golovkin momentarily, but that was the extent of his success on the evening. Golovkin continued to plaster Lemieux with uppercuts, jabs and carefully placed body shots.
He would go on to back Lemieux up into the ropes, knocking him down in round five. After a brief check for a cut on the face of Lemieux in round seven, referee Steve Willis called a stop to the action in round eight, handing Golovkin his 34th victory.
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