WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) and IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s) will go toe-to-toe on Oct. 17 from the Mecca of Boxing in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The debate rages on whether this is a pay-per-view worthy fight or not. Former champion Shane Mosley told Tha Boxing Voice’s Fernando Pimentel that it is a pay-per-view worthy fight, but on the low end because Golovkin has to prove that he is capable of bringing big numbers on a consistent basis.
Kenny Porter, the father and trainer of former IBF World welterweight champion Shawn Porter, while intrigued by the fight, doesn’t think Golovkin-Lemieux is that type of a fight, speaking to Tha Boxing Voice’s Sean Zittel.
Porter, who admitted to listening to Tha Boxing Voice Radio Show at the time the topic of Golovkin-Lemieux, gave his candid reasoning.
“I wouldn’t say it’s pay-per-view worthy. I actually was listening to Tha Boxing Voice the other day, and I looked at the fight record of this kid and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, hold up,’” Porter said.
“We don’t have a lot of champions on that list that he’s beaten – we don’t have a lot of big names or really substantial B-level fighters on that list.”
Lemieux lost back-to-back fights between April 2011 and December 2012 against the likes of Marco Antonio Rubio (TKO 7) and Joachim Alcine (MD 12). Rubio hasn’t fought since last October when he fought Golovkin.
Not only did he lose his interim title at the scale – to add insult to injury – he was flattened in two rounds by the Kazakh.
“It’s not pay-per-view, so I won’t buy it.”
It remains to be seen if the fight will sell out the Garden, but you can bet there’s going to be a decent amount of people in attendance.