Hopkins: Get your popcorn ready, GGG v Lemieux has ‘FOTY’ written all over it!

The pair of middleweight champions lay it all on the line at Madison Square Garden with the winner then moving on to a four-belt unification with whomever comes out on top of Miguel Cotto v Canelo Alvarez one month later.

There is no doubting that a buzz has been generated ever since the fight was announced over the summer and Hopkins sees fans being highly entertained if they put their hands in their pockets and pay the $49.95 pay-per-view fee on HBO.

“I want to say thank you to Gennady and David for doing this, for taking an opportunity to look at your selves and want to prove that you are the best in this division by being the undisputed champion,” said Hopkins.

“To be here and look at the undisputed fight on October 17 at Madison Square Garden and on HBO Pay-Per-View is surreal – to witness it live and play a part of it as a partner at Golden Boy Promotions is something special.

“We set out at the beginning of the year by boldly saying that we would put on the best fights for the fan. We have done that and will continue to do it. GBP is closing this year out with a bang in boxing. The ending is always something you talk about. Everyone will be talking about how we are ending 2015.

“GGG and David Lemieux are doing what is sadly rarely done in boxing, a unification fight. Sit back and tell everybody to not miss this fight because this has ‘Fight of the Year’ written all over it. Get your popcorn ready before the bell rings.”

Golovkin and Lemieux can both boast knockout ratios above 85% through careers totalling 69 bouts, with the general consensus being that the fight won’t go the full twelve rounds.