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Golovkin: The Oblitermatron

David Lemieux Gennady GolovkinBy G Bell: Once again IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) proved he is the premiere boxer at 160 last Saturday in beating Lemieux by an 8th round TKO at Madison Square Garden. Much respect must go out to IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) who did not have to take this fight, and like the other so called champions at 160, could have taken easier fights and milked the title for all the cash he could handle. Lemieux actually caused Gennady Golovkin, to box, which he does, much to my surprise, extremely well.

If you saw the fight, one has to wonder, just what was Lemieux’s game plan going in? From interviews with Lemieux, I fully expected, he would be charging in, head down, swinging for the fences, damn the torpedoes.

Instead he fought, what would be for him, a very timid, cautious fight, and Golovkin respecting his power, almost broke a middle weight record, by firing an incredible about of jabs, to keep Lemieux at bay. In a way showing respect for Lemieux’s perceived power. GGG also proved he is indeed a legitimate boxer, using a great jab, which he has rarely displayed in previous fights.

Although I got the sense early in the fight, he could have taken Lemieux out much earlier, However, Golovkin, recognizing the fans pay a decent price to see his fights, once again, in my opinion, carried Lemieux for at least three to four rounds more than necessary. David Lemieux claimed at the end of the fight, he could have continued, but if you saw the fight you also saw Lemieux, grimacing in pain from one of many, well placed body shots.

For him to have continued, would have been an exercise in futility, and dangerous to his health. He clearly was beaten, although the warrior within, refused to accept his defeat. The ref, I believe, did him a solid in stopping, what was shaping up to be a brutal slaughter, as GGG, was getting into killer mode rhythm.

I realize, It’s no news to you hardcore boxing aficionados, the likelihood that either Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs,) or Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), getting in the ring with GGG, any time soon, is slim and none, and slims out of town. Instead, I think he should accept the challenge of #4 IBF Tureano Johnson, (19-1, 13 KOs), in the interim.

I’m sure many of you recently watched him in a good battle with #3 IBF Eamonn O’Kane (14-2-1, 5 KOs) winning by a 12 round unanimous decision. He was exciting in his win, and would, I have no doubt, give GGG a good go. Delusional Chris Eubank Jr (19-1, 14 KOs) on the other hand, would have us believe, he has the tools to beat GGG. I for one think GGG, should not even waste his time even entertaining the thought of boxing this poser, which no doubt, would be a total beat down.

Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of GGG, I purchased the fight, in hopes of doing my part, to increase the pay-per-view numbers, and hopefully helping to take away any more excuses that GGG, is not a pay-per-view fighter, also hoping to nullify other 160 champions who claim, he’s not a big enough draw, monetary wise, for them to get into the ring with.

Hopefully the pay-per-view numbers when tallied, will reflect just the opposite, and the Quillins, Cottos, et al, will have one less excuse, for not defending their belts against him. Once again I ask you, what happened to the days when the best fought the best? Before it was Don King, managing the big fights, and best fighters. Now it seems we have Don King, times at least 3.

I think the only way we can get the fights we want and deserve as devoted fans, is to find a way to pressure the Golden Boys, and Haymons and Arums, to make these fights happen.

On a more serious note, a fighter I mentioned in a previous post, up and coming Junior middleweight Prichard Colon 23-years-old, (16-1, 13 KOs), also a close friend of Felix Trinidad and his family, I’m sure by now you all are aware, is in critical condition, suffering from a brain bleed. Please send out your prayers if so inclined, for a speedy recovery, for this young man. Our sport is a violent one, and these fighters risk it all for our entertainment. A prayer is the least we can do.

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