The fair but firm Joe Cortez has moved on from his refereeing career but is still in the boxing business doing work for ESPN Deportes. Last Saturday he was in New York on hand for the PBC on ESPN telecast covering the Danny Garcia-Paulie Malignaggi fight. In a few months, he will be back in New York for the Gennady Golovkin-David Lemieux showdown from Madison Square Garden. Cortez spoke to On The Ropes Boxing and broke down the fight.
“I think it’s going to be a very interesting fight,” Cortez said. “‘GGG’ is a great fighter who has a great punch and is undefeated. I think that Lemieux is another excellent fighter. He doesn’t have the experience that Golovkin has, but he’s a fighter who has a great record, good puncher.”
While Golovkin is a heavy favorite at the moment, Lemieux certainly has a punchers chance. Cortez doesn’t know why people are counting Lemieux out so fast.
“It could be an interesting fight,” stated Cortez. “Lemieux is a fighter whose hungry, he’s young but doesn’t have the experience. On paper, Golovkin looks good but anything can happen in boxing when a fighter has a punch. You got to give Lemieux a punchers chance.”
Cortez hopes the winner of this fight can have success in the division and have major fights against the top middleweights in the world. Should Golovkin win, he hopes he takes on the winner of Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez and Andy Lee to be the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.
“Lemieux can be dangerous if he catches Golovkin, but Golovkin has a lot of experience and has been in there with some tough fighters and has proven himself to be one of the top middleweights in the world right now. He’s hoping that in the very near future he can get a unification fight with Cotto and become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.”