Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux Fight Predictions: Oscar De La Hoya Expects Dangerous Bout for Both Fighters
Is the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization middleweight king Gennady Golovkin treading in dangerous waters? "GGG" is set to face newly-crowned International Boxing Federation middleweight champion David Lemieux on October 17, at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lemieux's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, is confident that his boxer will finally tarnish the Kazakh warrior's undefeated record. He, however, knows that Golovkin is a ferocious fighter as well.
"It's a fight that everyone in boxing wants, everyone knows to be an entertaining fight, a fight with a lot of punches. Why now? Because both are in their primes, both are world champions and this is that boxing is about. This fight is about heart, it is about hunger, the desire to be unified champion. I think it will be a very entertaining fight but it will be dangerous for both," De La Hoya said, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
The Canadian fighter, who just won his IBF title in June via a unanimous decision against Hassan N'Dam, may be the warrior to challenge "Triple G" who was last seen crushing Willie Munroe Jr. in California via a 6th-round TKO, The Guardian reported.
The two fighters meeting this fall will provide lots of excitement to fans as a great battle is expected from the two who share the same traits, Luke Furman of Boxing Scene explained in another article. Lemieux (34-2, 31KOs), has posted an 86 percent knockout rating against Golovkin's 91 percent.
But De La Hoya predicted that given their qualities, he knows who would most probably win.
"Both have knockout power, both have a good chin, good physical condition. I think [the one to come out on top is the one] who wants this fight more. I think the first [fighter] who connects to the chin first is going to win," De La Hoya stated.
On the other hand, Bernard Hopkins, the veteran fighter who longs to fight with Triple G, is rooting for the Kazakh even if he's connected to Golden Boy Promotions.
"'Triple G' he has that determination and that body style and the way he positions his body, every punch from left to right can do some damage. Lemieux, our guy, has to really in some cases be more defensive-minded than offensive-minded than 'Triple G', " the 50-year-old boxer told Boxing Scene.