Performing spectacularly this past Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,548 at “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s eighth round stoppage of David Lemieux was watched by millions worldwide.
“Gennady’s performance in the ring and the response from fans across the globe continues to define him as one of the best and most marketable fighters in boxing,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of of K2 Promotions. “He clearly rose to the occasion on the sports’ biggest stage in his finest performance against another champion.”
Among the countries reporting top ratings for the Middleweight World Championship Title Unification are Mexico, Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The international sporting event was telecast in over 120 countries from “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
The fight was produced and distributed live in the United States by HBO Pay-Per-View, generating over 150,000 buys. It will be replayed by HBO this Saturday, October 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, paired with the thrilling co-feature from Madison Square Garden, WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s stoppage of former four-time world champion, Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria.
Improving his perfect record to 34-0 with 31 knockouts, Golovkin added the IBF Middleweight World Title to his existing WBA/IBO and WBC ‘Interim” Middleweight World Titles. His 91% knockout ratio is the highest in middleweight championship history.
Additionally, the victory over Lemieux, (34-3, 32KO’s), represented Golovkin’s 21st consecutive knockout and 15th consecutive world title defense moving him within five defenses of boxing legend Bernard Hopkins’ record of 20 in the middleweight division and past Hall of Famer Carlos Monzon’s middleweight streak of fourteen consecutive title defenses in the division.