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Golovkin thanks Ronda Rousey for support

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David Lemieux Gennady GolovkinBy Tim Fletcher: IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) thanked UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey for her support today on his social media site. Rousey, who has considered by many to be the best women’s athlete in the world right now, has been real supportive of Golovkin in the lead up to his unification fight this Saturday night on HBO PPV against IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Golovkin and Rousey got to know acquainted during the 2015 ESPYs last July. She sees Golovkin as a really good person who carries himself well, and represents the sport of boxing in a professional manner unlike some other stars that tarnish the sport.

Golovkin-Lemieux has a chance to make boxing fans forget about their bad experience earlier this year with the overpriced fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which ended being a bad product due to neither fighter being willing to put in the effort to make it an exciting fight.

The Golovkin vs. Lemieux fight is almost certain to end in a knockout. The reason for this is because of the styles of the two fighters, the power that they bring to the ring, and their willingness to put it on the line in order to entertain the boxing fans.

If Mayweather and Pacquiao went into their May 2nd fight with the same mentality, boxing fans would have gone home happy and felt that they had wisely spent their hard-earned money on that fight. Hopefully the Golovkin vs. Lemieux fight will make fans forget about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight entirely, and win back the casual fans that the sport likely lost earlier this year.

This is the first pay-per-view fight for Golokvin and Lemieux, so it’s possible that it might not bring in as many PPV buys as some of the other fights that we’ve seen in the past involving other stars in the sport. But it’s a starts for both of them, and the winner will be in a good position to be involved in other PPV fights against perhaps the winner of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight.

Golovkin has a fighting style that he calls “Mexican style,” Which resembles in a way Mexican boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez, who is one of Golovkin’s idols. He’s patterned his fighting style after Chavez, and he’s racked up a lot of knockouts since 2008. None of Golovkin’s opponents have been able to make it the full 12 round distance with him during the last seven years of his career.

Rousey, 28, has scored four straight 1st round stoppages in defending her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title. She recently stopped Bethe Correia in the 1st round in UFC 190 last August. Rousey will next be facing one of her toughest tests of her career against former boxing IBA Female & WBF Female Light Welterweight champion Holly Holm on November 15th in UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.

This potentially could be a really tough fight for Rousey because it will be her first contest with an excellent striker that knows how to throw punches. If Rousey is unable to score a take down in this fight, then she could wind up getting her ears boxed off because Holm is clearly a much better fighter than Rousey on her feet. There’s no way that Rousey can beat a fighter in Holm’s class in a stand up fight. Holm has had years of experience in boxing. Rousey is just a Judo/MMA type fighter. Her specialty is ground combat.

Rousey has recently made comments about feeling she could beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an anything goes type of fight without rules. Mayweather hasn’t responded to these comments other than to say that Rousey should look him up when she starts making $300 million per fight like he got for his bout against Pacquiao last May.

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