Gennady Golovkin unleashed an almighty beating on David Lemieux at MSG on Saturday night as the Kazakh puncher ruthlessly secured the IBF middleweight title to add to his WBA and IBO versions.
The 33 year-old improved his record to 34-0 without seriously breaking sweat, as ‘GGG’ dominated the bout from start to finish. Golokvin put Lemieux down in the fifth round with a sweet body shot, although the writing was already on the wall for the French-Canadian.
Golovkin had previously put in the groundwork for his late stoppage victory as referee Steve Willis took closer order from the sixth round of what turned out to be a one-sided battering by one of the world’s most feared punchers.
Lemieux landed all of two power shots on Golokvin’s chin, which the pound for pound star took with ease, and came back with his own savage attacks until Willis finally saved now ex-IBF champion from further punishment in the eighth.
With the win, Golovkin possibly could face the winner of Miguel Cotto v Canelo Alvarez, but only if the victor of that encounter decides to stay at the 160 pound limit.
On Saturday’s evidence, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Cotto or Canelo headed back down to 154 and avoided sharing the ring with Golovkin – who is already big at the weight and would hold a major advantage over either boxer.