Goliath vs. David.
That was the sarcastic billing name provided by IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux ahead of his 160-pound world title unification bout Oct. 17 in an HBO PPV main event against Gennady Golovkin.
“All jokes put aside; it’s going to be a very tough fight. He’s a very good fighter, but I’m coming in ready. I’m not coming in to fight him, I’m coming in to beat him,” Lemieux said to FightHub TV.
“I’m on a different mindset, and I’m going to be more than ready for this fight. I know what the numbers [the betting odds] are at; I’m going to change that very soon.”
The 26-year-old Lemieux admits that he has work to do and although he knocked down former middleweight titlist Hassan N’Dam four times, take the knockdowns away, and Lemieux could have left the Bell Centre in June with a majority decision victory. That’s not a good sign.
Is Lemieux still the same fighter that squandered all his energy in an attempt to knockout Marco Antonio Rubio in 2011 and got himself stopped? That could be possible.
Keep in mind, Golovkin stopped Rubio inside the second round a year ago.
People criticize presidential candidate Donald Trump for dishing out shots, but not taking return shots too well. Well, David Lemieux is in the same boat. He has extraordinary power, but his chin is balky.
“Being David Lemieux, you have certain gifts others don’t, but I got to polish those and I got to work on a lot of different things against a guy like Golovkin because he’s very strong, and he’s a very complete fighter,” Lemieux said.
“I’m going to make sure I come in expecting everything with no surprises left in the ring. We’re working very hard with my team right now. It’s been my best camp, ever. We’re coming into this fight ready. The guns are loaded.”
For the record, we haven’t seen any fighter that has been able to challenge Golovkin in the power department, but finishing power is something that Lemieux lacks and in my perspective, he is going to need that to win.
Golovkin will knockout Lemieux in four rounds in a Hagler-Hearns type of affair.